FORT STEWART, Ga. - Joseph Mendes was a young 15-year-old boy who was bullied and eventually ended up killing himself. He used to put on his Facebook page: “Stop the bullying and stop the pain.” Police are now investigating the case.

Eighty-six percent of bullied victims turn to violence towards themselves or even others. Teens need to realize that they should not treat other teens the way they wouldn’t want to be treated. Why would you want to bring another teen down and make a negative impact in their life?

Your victims are no longer the shy, skinny and small teens but also the tall teens. Teens who are small are bullying the tall teens. They are starting to get the mentality that it’s perfectly fine to bully others.

Mary White, a magazine writer, said that some of the worst names she was called when she was being bullied were fat cow and big cow. This is tremendously disheartening seeing that no one should feel threatened. If other teens only knew how much they affect those around them then maybe they would stop bullying others.

Sometimes bullying is triggered by social status. Each day in high school, teens can be seen laughing and joking around like its super amusing to talk about others who have messed up shoes or clothing. We as teens need to realize that not all of us can afford what others have. A person should not be judged for what they or their parents can’t afford to buy.

One of the most hurtful and tragic situations that can happen when teens are bullied is suicide. Teens may start to feel as if they are not good enough, which may lead to huge emotional breakdowns. Believe it or not, they even start cutting themselves to let the pain out.

So teens, be smart about your situation. Talk to someone so they can help you with the problems you’re going through. Talk to an adult and let them know how you feel. Never think that no one cares about you because there is always someone who is willing to help you. Bullying can cause many negative effects in teens. But, if you are a victim, seeking help today would put you on track to an amazing change. Talk to your parent or call 912-767-4491 and ask for a military life consultant.