High school students say they are increasingly exposed to hate and violence.
Between 20 to 25 percent of teens say they have been bullied at school, according to the Stop Bullying campaign by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
“Bullying isn’t the same anymore,” a South Bend high school student said, adding that she thinks physical bullying was more common when her parents were growing up.
“We’re just so used to the snide comments in the hallway and the weird comments on our Instagram. We don’t even know if that’s bullying,” she said.
Another female student spoke about a feature in which they can post a link on their Snapchat, where people can post anonymous comments. She says these comments are often screenshot and re-posted.
While bullying is not as physically violent, the students say they feel more desensitized toward reports of gun violence and terrorism.
“It’s so easy to get a gun,” a female student remarked.
Her classmate joined the conversation, saying the school does a good job of keeping an eye on students’ safety. Other students murmured in agreement.
Another student said, “A lot of adults forget that our generation, everyone in this room, was a toddler when 9/11 happened…We lived in this age where terrorism is common.”
“Violence, period, is common,” added a student.