Right Now today is taking on bullying.
This is a subject that needs to be addressed Right Now Today. Our film Joenah is about a boy who gets bullied and decides to enter a swim meet to face his bullies.
Bullying statistics:The statistics on bullying and suicide are alarming:
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it.
Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University. A study in Britain found that at least half of suicides among young people are related to bullying 10 to 14 year old girls may be at even higher risk for suicide, according to the study above.
According to statistics reported by ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying.
Right Now Today wants to change that with this film. Visit our Facebook page for a look behind the scenes and ways you can get involved.