Taylor Menezes, senior, Central Catholic High School
Lately, Ive been really into taking a stand against bullying since one of my friends transferred schools because of it. Bullying is wrong for any reason and needs to be put to a stop. Going to a Catholic school, you would think that bullying wouldnt happen; but it did and it completely disgusts me. She (my friend) never did anything to any of you and its not her fault that you all thought she was different than you. Im sad that she left, but Im happy to know shes better off at the school she transferred into. Its people like this, the ones who bully for no reason, that make me ashamed to tell people I go to CCHS, and I shouldnt have to feel that way. At this point, I am so heated about the whole bullying topic that Im ready to raise awareness about it everywhere.
Toshali Katyal, junior, Modesto High School
This is anti-bullying month at my school. Bullying is a widespread problem that is often dissolved in the midst of other issues, despite its vital role in peoples lives. Awareness on its prevention must be raised because of the long-lasting effects of bullying and the way it can shape the future.
This question is answered by members of Teens in the Newsroom, a journalism program for local high school students.