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(EDITOR’S NOTE: David Chartrand is the writing coach for a class of student journalists at Benedictine College. The following editorial piece is a sample of some of the students’ work.)

Social media, and depressed teens: A dangerous formula

by Adam Przybylski
Senior
Journalism and Mass Communications
Benedictine College

The Internet is a dangerous place to wander, a maze filled with strangers and hostile people.

David and Normal Walker of Dallas learned just how dangerous after the suicide last Christmas of Sadie, their 15-year-old daughter. The Walkers learned that Sadie had recently, and secretly, created an account on the social media website, Instagram, to connect with other teens about suicide and depression. Continue reading

South group takes stand against bullying, suicide

After a brief rehearsal for their upcoming performance at Olathe South, B.R.A.V.E. members showed off the group’s wristbands which they distribute as a symbolic reminder that students are joining the chain reaction to stand up and speak out against bullying and violence. “Those directly involved in B.R.A.V.E. are making a difference and they know it,” Principal Phil Clark said. Photo by Marlene Colgan

B.R.A.V.E. members show off the group’s wristbands they distribute as a symbolic reminder that students are joining the chain reaction to stand up and speak out against bullying and violence. “Those directly involved in B.R.A.V.E. are making a difference and they know it,” Principal Phil Clark said.
Photo by Marlene Colgan

Everyone has a bad day once in a while. Sometimes those negative emotions surface in an argument with a friend, classmate or relative. On occasion a bad day leads to bullying others as a way to feel important. In extreme cases this bullying turns inward in the form of suicidal thoughts.

Members of the B.R.A.V.E. (Bystanders Rising Against Violence Everywhere) group at Olathe South High School are working hard to take a stand against bullying in all forms.

“Research shows that student-led programs are most effective in impacting students to listen and make positive changes,” said group sponsor Helen Hardgree, who also teaches the gifted program. “These students hope to bring awareness and give a voice to kids who have been bullied and those who stand by silently as others are victimized.” Continue reading

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