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Bullying: Every kid faces some form of it at some point. Sometime it can be minor. Other times it can be moderate.

In some rare cases, it can be severe. That severity of bullying can lead a kid to suicide because, in most cases with the extremity of this issue, he or she feels like there is no hope in life and that dealing with bullies will be reality until graduation.

According to a recent statistic made by, 4,400 young people commit suicide each year due to bullying. No kid wants to be repeatedly abused by his or her peers day after day.

The stress can cause an emotional block that can interfere with getting an education. The emotional block can put a kid into an impaired mental state, resulting in him or her not being able to think logically. If one does not think logically, then one will act upon impulses. If one is depressed and is not in a right mental state, then one of the impulses could be suicide.

Amanda Todd was one of them. She went through years of bullying in school and that resulted in her becoming severely depressed, which impaired her ability to think clearly. She ended up committing suicide on Oct. 12, 2012. That could have been prevented if she had realized that there are many other ways to overcome the issue other than suicide.

A kid needs to understand that suicide is not the answer and that he or she does not and should not have to deal with the bullying until graduation. There are many ways to overcome the issue of bullying. One is to get parents to pull kids out of the school in which the bullying is taking place and put them in a free-tuition, online school where they can study and learn at their own pace and not have to deal with bullying.

Many adults argue that if a kid does online schooling, then he or she will lack socialization skills. In many situations in which a kid does online schooling, that is a myth. Many online schools, like K-12 and Connections Academy, have clubs that kids can be a part of so they can receive the socialization experience.

Most online schools like K-12 and Connections Academy offer a top-notch education that is accredited by every college and university in the nation. Some of the graduates have even gone on to Ivy League schools like Harvard and Princeton. Online schooling is very flexible.

In other words, one can do it at his or her own pace. It trains its students to independently organize their time and, through hard-core self-discipline, stay caught up with their school work and keep their grades up. Those are life-learned skills that many people do not develop until they reach the stage of adulthood.

Online students who graduate near or in the top of their online classes are usually the ones who managed to get a grasp on this certain reality of life early on in their online schooling career.

Many adults may argue that this “flexibility” would likely result in a kid getting behind in his school work and failing. For some kids who have never experienced challenging times like getting bullied or having cancer, that theory of them “getting behind and failing out” might apply. Every kid is different.

Therefore, one cannot generalize that theory. Some kids may get behind and fail out and others will put forth time and effort into their online education and succeed. If one is doing online schooling instead of attending a brick-and-mortar school like most children, then there is a good reason as to why he is doing that. There are a couple of good reasons why this might be the case.

One is because he or she needs a flexible schooling schedule that will fit educational needs while he or she is constantly traveling and acting. Another reason could be because the student is a cancer patient who needs a flexible schedule due to constant time in chemotherapy.

Statistically, the No. 1 reason as to why a kid would be doing online schooling instead of attending a brick-and-mortar school is because he or she had to go through bullying while the student was in traditional school and made the decision to not have to deal with it anymore. Solution to the problem: Get parents to put him or her into a public charter online schooling program and become an online student. Bam! Problem solved.

Peyton Connor is from Orangeburg.


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