37 thoughts on “Blog Action Day

  1. RyLee

    Why Rainbows are special

    When light and water meet in the sky on a summer’s day, for a few moments, a rainbow will appear. It’s a beautiful sight! When the sun is shining the air contains raindrops. A rainbow can best be seen with polarized sunglasses. We cannot follow the arc of a rainbow down below the horizon because we cannot see those droplets in the air below the horizon. But the higher we are above the ground, the more of the rainbow circle we would see. This is the meaning of the rain in rainbow.
    The bow is divided into bands displaying the different colors of the stream and is formed reflection of the sun’s rays in drops of rain. Reflection is simply the return of light waves from the raindrop’s surface. Light which appears to be white, is really made up of a mixture of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet light. This is the meaning of the bow in rainbow.
    Rainbows are special because they bring out the happy in everyone’s day. I asked around to a couple of people and asked why rainbows are special to them. Commenter #1 said, “I like rainbows because they make me feel happy and make me feel beautiful and that is why rainbows are special to me.” Commenter #2 said, “I like rainbows because they are God’s promise after every storm and that is why rainbows are special to me.” There you go, that is why rainbows are special to them. Why do you like rainbows, if you do, and why they are special to you?

    (resourced at rainbow facts.com, wikipedia, and google)

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  2. Nicole Z.

    Conflict
    Alright, Nicole here writing to you again, so it’s a little long, but try to finish it, OK? So, do you ever get let down by someone? Ok so pretend you said yes. I have been let down in life a lot, but guess what – go on guess. Haha, you could but I’m not gonna let you, I’m gonna tell you. I’m happy everyday, even though I have situations that I’d rather not deal with. I hate it so much. When peoples’ parents get divorced or they have a death. Yes I feel bad, but when you are having conflict in life and you can barely get past the day you need someone beside you that understands you. Surround yourself with family and friends. Not just people who don’t want to hear your problems, but people who you are gonna keep in touch with even if you move. They will sit there with you and hold you until you stop crying. This is true friendship. Don’t give up, keep fighting. Don’t cut yourself off. If you do it can lead to depression. Nobody wants it. You’re happy for a couple of seconds then you’re sad for 3 hours. I really have only two true friends, my best friends Aria and Stephanie. No matter how many friends you have just hold on and surround yourself with happiness. Don’t be sad. If someone is bullying you tell an adult. Don’t let it go on, stop it.
    Your fellow blogger, Nicole Z

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  3. JoEllen

    Bullying

    Types of Bullying

    Bullying can take many forms but it usually includes the following types of behavior:

    • Physical – hitting, kicking, pinching, punching, scratching, spitting or any other form of physical attack. Damage to or taking someone else’s belongings may also constitute as physical bullying.

    • Verbal – name calling, insulting, making racist, sexist or homophobic jokes, remarks or teasing, using sexually suggestive or abusive language, offensive remarks

    • Indirect – spreading nasty stories about someone, exclusion from social groups, being made the subject of malicious rumours, sending abusive mail, and email and text messages (cyber bullying).

    • Cyber Bullying – any type of bullying that is carried out by electronic medium. There are 7 types including:

    You feel humiliated , sad, worried. A well known person that was bullied is Amanda Todd.
    Amanda Michelle Todd (November 27, 1996 – October 10, 2012) killed herself at the age of 15 at her home in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada. Prior to her death, Todd had posted a video on YouTube in which she used a series of flash-cards to tell her experience of being blackmailed into exposing her breasts via webcam;[3] bullied; and physically assaulted. The video went viral after her death, resulting in international media attention. The video has had more than 17 million views as of April 2014.The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and British Columbia Coroners Service launched investigations into the suicide.
    At the time of her death, Todd was a grade 10 student at CABE Secondary in Coquitlam, a school that caters to students who have experienced social and behaviour issues in previous educational settings.
    In response to the death, Christy Clark, the Premier of British Columbia, made an online statement of condolence and suggested a national discussion on criminalizing cyberbullying. Also, a motion was introduced in the Canadian House of Commons to propose a study of the scope of bullying in Canada, and for more funding and support for anti-bullying organizations. Todd’s mother Carol established the Amanda Todd Trust, receiving donations to support anti-bullying awareness education and programs for young people with mental health problems. Watch this video please.

    What This Video

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2QRbl3H0ug

    Join a worldwide fight against bullying starting now.

    STAND
    UP
    AGAINST
    BULLYING

    Start Standing Up Now!!

    Raise Your Voice!!

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    1. JoEllen

      Aslan: You doubt your value. Don’t run from who you are.

      C.S. Lewis, Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia, #2)
      People need to learn that not being the most popular person in school is ok. People need to stop acting fake. Be yourself.

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    2. JoEllen

      Better not to give in to it. It takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.
      Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)

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    3. Mrs. H. (Post author)

      Very well-said, JoEllen. This is a very important topic. Please be sure to site your sources, as they are very good.

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  4. Miss W.

    G’day Leaders and Mrs H,
    Some great comments that could have been posts on their own. Images won’t appear in a comment but they will in a post.

    Hope you are all enjoying the student blogging challenge activities.

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  5. Emily

    Dear Mrs H,

    Natural Disasters are the #1 cause of most deaths and injuries. Some examples of Natural Disasters are Hurricanes,Floods,Tornadoes, and Earthquakes. In this essay I will explain some Disasters.
    First a Tornado, a Tornado is a mobile, destructive vortex of violently rotating winds having the appearance of a funnel-shaped cloud and advancing beneath a large storm system. One of the worst Tornadoes recorded (According to World Meteorological Organization) carved a path a mile wide and 10 miles long, destroying the towns of Manikgank Sadar and Saturia. An estimated 1,300 people were killed and an additional 12,000 injured. But some Tornadoes also struck in US, such as, “The Tri-State Tornado which killed 695 people and injured 2,027 people, it went through Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana. Also, “THe Natchez Tornado” which killed 103 people and injured 109, it went through Louisiana and MississippiTexas also had a Tornado nicknamed “Terrible Tuesday” on April 10, 1979. (Above) Tornadoes usually hit around the areas around Tornado Alley which include the states of Texas, Louisiana,Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kansas, Nebraska. That’s just a few, most of Tornado Alley is in the Eastern parts of the US.

    Next is a Hurricane, a storm with a violent wind, in particular a tropical cyclone in the Caribbean. The last major Hurricane was 10 years ago in October. Hurricane Sandy, despite its size and power it was not considered a “Hurricane” it was called a “Cyclone” and is a close relative to a Hurricane

    An Earthquake is a sudden and violent shaking of the ground, sometimes causing great destruction, as a result of movements within the earth’s crust or volcanic action One of the worst Earthquakes was the “Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964″ This magnitude was at a 9.2 and it killed almost 132 people. There was damage that covered about 130,000 kilometers

    And finally, Floods, a flood is and overflow of water that submerges that submerges land. One of the worst floods was in Galveston,Texas on September 8, 1900. Almost 8,000 people died. This was a category 4 Flood and almost everyone who died drowned. “This was a storm-surge situation in the wake of a hurricane”
    Many lives, and many dollars of damage is costed during every disaster, remember to donate food,money or any other item to help your disaster

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    1. Mrs. H.

      Dear Emily,

      This is very interesting. I was in the area on “Terrible Tuesday”! I was about your age when that happened. Is all of your information from the World Meteorological Organization? If not be sure to site your sources. I enjoyed reading your post.

      Sincerely, Mrs. H.

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      1. Mrs. Cluley

        Emily, my college roommate’s brother lives in Columbia, S. Carolina, where recently there were terrible floods. He had no flood insurance and most of his house has major damage….to the tune of $100,000. FEMA will only reimburse him $30,000. So he is very stressed about how his family is going to live in the house and afford to make the repairs. It is a problem. His name is Alex if you want to keep him in your prayers. Thank you!

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  6. andrew

    Dear Mrs H,
    RACISM- “hatred or intolerance of another race or other races; a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others.” -Dictionary.com

    America has a history of racism. From slavery and racial profiling, to police brutality and the unfair treatment of immigrants, racism is real. Way back, when this country was founded, only white men were allowed to vote. We have come a long way from that but we still have a long way to go to completely obliterate racism. What does “all men are created equal” mean? This statement is clearly written in the Declaration of independence, yet people still do not believe this.

    According to the U.S. Sentencing commission, Blacks serve on average 10% longer sentences in prison than whites for the same crimes. Also, Whites are stopped less by police than blacks. In addition, police search black people more than whites even though illegal stuff is found more on whites. White people use drugs way more than blacks but blacks are arrested at a higher rate for drug use.

    Black teenagers are 21 times more likely to be shot than white teenagers. Blacks are also less likely to be picked for a job than whites. People with black sounding names have to send on average 50% more job applications than whites to get a job. Black people who kill a white person are twice as likely to be given the death sentence than whites who killed black.
    This video shows racism.https://youtu.be/fTcSVQJ2h8g

    IF this doesn’t show just how racist America is, then i don’t know what does. Racism is a real problem that needs to be stopped. If you stand by and let racism happen, you are just as bad as the racist. So will stand by and let racism happen or will you take a stand and fight for equal rights for all?

    From,
    Andrew

    sources-http://www.dosomething.org
    http://www.cracked.com/
    http://usnews.com

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  7. Connor M.

    Racism

    “the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races” -Wikipedia.

    “A belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to others. Hatred or intolerance of another race or races.” -Dictionary.com

    America has had racism since its beginning. Way back to the Thirteen Colonies only white men were able to vote and used African Americans to do their work for no pay. That even went on for a while until the Civil War stopped it, making all men have equal rights. “All men are created equal” is a famous saying that talks about all people’s rights, not just African Americans’. This saying is stated in the Bill of Rights and in the Declaration of Independence.

    Racism is one of the biggest problems in the world today and always has been. Racism can be used in words, actions, thoughts, and other forms. Racism even has branches or parts: Discrimination, prejudice, segregation, and racism. No person should be bullied because of their accent or skin color or because of their original country. Racism is not okay and I think it should be ended as soon as possible. We have done so much to end it until now, but we still have a ton of work to do. “All men are created equal” and no one, foreign or not, should be thought of as under or below anyone else.

    There are some statistics and percentages that I just find outrageous.

    https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-racial-discrimination
    -African-Americans comprise only 13% of the U.S. population and 14% of the monthly drug users, but are 37% of the people arrested for drug-related offenses in America.
    -Studies show that police are more likely to pull over and frisk blacks or Latinos than whites. In New York City, 80% of the stops made were blacks and Latinos, and 85% of those people were frisked, compared to a mere 8% of white people stopped. Host a poetry slam to educate others on racism and reduce prejudice in your community
    -After being arrested, African-Americans are 33% more likely than whites to be detained while facing a felony trial in New York.
    -In 2010, the U.S. Sentencing Commission reported that African Americans receive 10% longer sentences than whites through the federal system for the same crimes.
    -In 2009 African-Americans are 21% more likely than whites to receive mandatory minimum sentences and 20% more likely to be sentenced to prison than white drug defendants.
    -In a 2009 report, 2/3 of the criminals receiving life sentences were non-whites. In New York, it is 83%.
    -African Americans make up 57% of the people in state prisons for drug offenses.
    -The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics concluded that an African American male born in 2001 has a 32% chance of going to jail in his lifetime, while a Latino male has a 17% chance, and a white male only has a 6% chance.
    -Reports show that nearly 50% of Americans under 18 are minorities. The trend projects a reversal in the population where by 2030, the majority of people under 18 will be of color, and by 2042 nonwhites will be the majority of the U.S. population.

    http://www.soundvision.com/article/racism-statistics-and-facts
    Today there is approximately 22 million refugees in our world who were forced to abandon their homes because of nationalistic wars and racism.
    -defined in this website as: the belief that one race of people is superior to another because of the race they were born into.
    Racism can easily go from hurtful, to dangerous, to deadly.

    Steps we have taken to end racism:
    In 1993 a law was passed saying all racial groups have the right to vote.
    Martin Luther King Jr. and his famous speech.
    riots, marches, even the Civil War.
    The Bill/Declaration of rights, the Declaration of Independence.

    To end my document I want you all to read this to learn about racism , how to stop it, and how we have already tried to stop it:
    http://race.eserver.org/fight-against-racism-today.html

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  8. Thomas K.

    Dear Mrs H.,
    For our blogging challenge I am writing about racism. Racism is a very sensitive topic. Many people use racial stereotypes that are not true. God created all men to be equal. If God loves everyone of every race equally why shouldn’t you? Some people get killed because of the race they are. No one can control the race they are. Did you know that African-Americans receive 10% longer sentences than white people do for the same crimes. An African-American male born in 2001 has a 32% chance or going to jail in their lifetime as opposed to a white male born in that year who only has a 6% chance. African-Americans are killed by cops twice as much as any other racial group. A study in Wisconsin found that a white job applicant with a criminal record has 17% chance of getting a call back from the employer whereas an African-American only has a 5% chance of getting a call back. Racism isn’t a joke. It is real. We need to do our best to end racism because it will not go on its own. What are you going to end racism?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29ZSSg8Y9oQ

    Sincerely,
    Thomas

    http://www.opendemocracy.net
    http://www.dosomething.org

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  9. Chandler W.

    Dear Mrs.H
    I am writing about the people who don’t have homes and can’t exactly care for themselves. The people need to be cared for and comforted. That’s why I love the missions and soup kitchens that go out of their way to house and feed the homeless. The army has gone to countless countries to feed the poor and build homes for them. The homeless need someone to speak out for them and I’m here to do so. They have it hard while we act like we’re doing terribly. Some don’t even eat for a week and still have the strength and willpower to keep going. The Salvation Army has even taken in people and taught them how to sustain themselves.
    Sincerely:Chandler W.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dnELwmy8HU

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  10. Billy

    Dear Mrs. H,

    I am blogging about human trafficking for our blogging challenge. Human trafficking is a subject that has been going on for years and years now and it is a problem. It started with African Americans being brought over as slaves and continues today. It not only continues today, but is actually thriving. There are more human slaves today than ever before in history. It happens in lots of places around the world, including America! Today the most human trafficking in the United States occurs in Texas, New York, California, and . The average cost of a slave in 2015 is between 90 and 100 U.S. Dollars. The number of slaves on the earth today is an estimated number of 25- 30 million people. Half of those people are women, and 70% are children. 80% of people sold into slavery are 24, and some are are as young as 6 years old. The Taliban buys children as young as 7 years old to act as suicide bombers. Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises. The hotline for the National Human Trafficking Resource Center is 1(888)373-7888. What is your take on human trafficking? Please comment below.
    Sincerely, Billy

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  11. Alex

    Dear Mrs. H,
    A major subject that everyone argues over is different religions and different beliefs about religion.
    I believe we should have freedom of religion! I am going to do more research on this and post about it on Monday.

    Sincerely, Alex

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    1. Mrs. H. (Post author)

      Religious Freedom by Alex
      Religion is a major subject everywhere and in some countries they don’t have freedom of religion.
      China for example only has five religious groups which is Muslims, Catholics, Buddhists, Taoists, and Protestants. These five religions are “allowed to hold services and register with the government”. However It’s been very rough for Uighur Muslims and Tibetan Buddhists, they are tortured and thrown into jail and non-Buddhists destroy their homes and send hatred toward the Uighur Muslims and Tibetan Buddhists.

      North Korea considers all their citizens atheists because they believe that “religions traditions are a threat to the state unity and control”. North Korea has gotten rid of at least 50,000 Bibles in only one year! If anyone is caught with a bible they are thrown into jail, tortured, or sentenced to death.

      In Iran, the common faith is Shia Muslim with a percentage of 98%. Then there’s Sunni Muslims which is 9% and the rest are Christians and Jews. Even though there’s 98% of Shia Muslim, only 10% of Shia Muslims are global.
      In Iran’s constitution it states that it “offers some religious freedom rights for recognized religious groups along with Christians, Jjews and Zoroastrians. Muslims who want to switch to Christianity are in danger and may be persecuted. Most of the Christians in Iran live in the capital of Teheran Isfahan.
      Here is an image of the oldest Christian church, in Yerevan Armenia.

      In Saudi Arabia it is illegal to practice any faith unless it’s Sunni Islam. Other faiths, however, are allowed to practice their faith in private but are not allowed to build any non-Muslim houses of worship.

      Resources:
      -farm3.staticflickr.com
      -brianpellot.religionnews.com
      -www.topchinatravel.com
      -static1.1sqspcdn.com
      -www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/2005/51599.htm

      -traveltips.usatoday.com/culture-religion-saudi-arabia-15694.html

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  12. Mia

    Dear Mrs. H.,
    I think that we should end world hunger. More than one third of the world’s grain harvest is used inefficiently to feed animals raised for meat, while 1700 kids die from starvation every day. The most world hunger occurring now is in Asia it is about 525.6 million. So I think we should stop world hunger now.

    Sincerely, Mia

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  13. Lilliana

    Dear Mrs. H.,
    One day I would like to end world hunger but I can’t do it by myself. I need everyone’s help in trying to accomplish this goal.

    Sincerely, Lily

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  14. Reagan

    Dear Mrs. H,

    An issue I feel is important these days is protecting our environment. I want the animals to be able to enjoy our environment. We need to keep it clean so that our plants can grow, and we need plants to LIVE. I mean, would you want trash just laying around your home? We need to take care of our environment so that everyone and everything can enjoy it. I am going to do some more research about this and get back to you on Monday.

    Sincerely, Reagan

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    1. reagan

      Why do people have to litter so often? Each year there are over 51 billion pieces of litter on U.S. roadways. The presence of litter in a community takes a toll on quality of life, property values, the healthiness of plants and animals, and many other things. Litter has many environmental consequences. For example, animals can move trash into gutters,trash can be carried into local waterways by storms, and it can affect many people’s land.

      Litter invites more litter. Once litter has gotten along a road or in a community, people are more likely to just keep littering. Bigger hazardous items such as tires, electronics and large industrial containers are often dumped in different locations, such as national forests and other public land.

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      1. Mrs. H. (Post author)

        I agree with you, Reagan that this is a serious issue. It is interesting that the presence of litter invites people to litter even more! Could you please include your sources of information?

        Thank you,
        Mrs. H.

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  15. RyLee

    Dear Mrs. H.,
    I feel that people need to raise their voices when they see an animal, friend, family member or even someone you don’t even know, that is in trouble or is in distress. I believe that you should help them. Be the kind person. Help out, be the hero that helped but be safe while doing it.

    Sincerely, RyLee

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  16. Stephanie O.

    Dear Mrs. H,
    I have a topic to share.
    World hunger and the needs of the poor makes me feel horrible. Today in this world, there are many people who can’t be thankful about having at least a plate of bread, or maybe having warm rice. Many people don’t care about their health anymore, they can’t think about the children in all those poor countries. Not only that, but many parents who can’t find food to feed their children. They just want to feed their children in order to keep them alive. It’s just so sad that people who have all the goods don’t seem to care about others. I believe we need to donate food for those people in need. Not only that, but in most countries, the government doesn’t know what to do about the hunger. Dry land, low money. If we can’t find a way to feed these people, chances are there can even be death. Most children in the world who don’t have anything to eat loose tons of weight where at the point bones begin to show. Enough of the world hunger, many children from the modern days began buying iPHones and all those trends. They complain to their parents about the shoes they get, meanwhile in the other parts of the world, children don’t have shoes and yet, they walk with bare feet in the hot and cold, feeling the agony as their feet are at times with rashes and blood. Many kids in these days complain about the food they get every day. If they could take a look at those children in the other parts of the world, they wish they could eat anything. They would eat everything people could serve them. Many other people complain about having the wrong technology, while others in the world have nothing to use for studying. No one is ever thankful for the things they get and that is just sad.

    I am writing this because I care for others.

    Sincerely,

    Stephanie~

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  17. Charlie

    Dear Mrs. H,
    I feel that environmental conservation is important because some animals and plants are going extinct. If an animal or plant goes extinct it is gone forever. Animals and plants that make up the main food source have a great effect. This effect is the ripple effect. If some bugs die it effects lizards. If lizards die it effect both the bugs that are eaten and the birds of pray that eat them.
    Sincerely,
    Charlie

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  18. Chandler W.

    Dear Mrs. H.,
    I believe that a reason I should raise my voice is to help people without homes or people who are having trouble to keep up with their lives. I want the people of this world to all have good lives, nobody should have to suffer. Everyone in the world should be treated the same and have good lives. I will be continuing this statement with more information soon.
    Sincerely, Chandler

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  19. Billy

    Dear Mrs. H.,
    One issue that I feel I need to raise my voice about is human trafficking. I think it is terrible that some inhumane people in foreign countries are doing this, as well as some people here in the United States. Nobody should ever have to do this, and it is horrifying to think that anybody could ever do this and be able to sleep at night. Please post your comments on this topic below.
    Sincerely, Billy

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  20. Connor M.

    Dear Mrs. H.,
    I think racism is one of the biggest problems in the world. Racism is terrible and can be abused with words, actions, thoughts, and other forms. Racism even has branches: Discrimination, Prejudice, segregation, and racism. No human should be bullied because of skin color or accent or their original country. Racism is never okay and I think it should be stopped as soon as possible. All men are created equal, and no one, foreign or not, should be thought as of under or below anyone else.
    From, Connor

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  21. Victoria

    Dear, Mrs. H.,
    I feel really strongly about how bullying affects people around the world. So many kids are getting mistreated and if I was a mother of a bully I would make sure he/she would stop. I would pay more attention to them. I hope that this post will help those who are bullied, and also help people learn more about what happens to these kids.

    Sincerely, Victoria

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    1. Victoria

      Dear, Mrs. H
      Bullying is scary sometimes and most kids that get bullied don’t even tell their parents or any teachers. The amount of people being bullied at least once, just online is 42%. Some child around the world is being bullied every 7 seconds. Of the youth today 1/3 of them are afraid of walking into school. The kids that are bullied are 3x more likely to show symptoms of depression than a kid that wasn’t bullied. They also show more than 9x more likely to have suicidal thoughts. There are too many bystanders just watching.
      Will you help these victims that are bullied everyday? There is a way to help stop this, it can be you. Bystanders have more power than they think they do and can get this victim out of suicidal thoughts.
      Thank you and I hope that you think about these statistics and learn to prevent bullies from hurting these kids anymore.
      Sincerely, Victoria:)

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      1. Mrs. H. (Post author)

        This is very well-said, Victoria. I like that you reminded us to stand up for each other and not just be a silent bystander. Could you please be sure to add your sources?

        Thank you, Mrs. H.

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  22. Andrew

    Dear Mrs. H,
    I think that racism is a big problem in our world. Whether it be words, actions, or other forms of racism, it is wrong. No one should be made fun of because of the color of their skin or their country of origin. This is a big problem that I think should be put to an end.
    From, Andrew

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  23. Thomas K.

    Dear Mrs H.,
    A topic I would like to write about is racism. I see that not everyone is treated equally like they should. Racism affects many people all over the world. In some countries people can get killed for their race. Racist stereotypes can also affect people and make them think that they are not important. Racism needs to end. What are your thoughts on racism?

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  24. JoEllen

    Dear Mrs. H.,

    I am tired of it. What is it? Let me tell you – bullying. I get bullied almost everyday. No one wants to be my friend. Of course I am weird. Different is that what you want to be. Everyone can’t be the same; it is impossible. Raise your voice, stand up against bullying.

    Sincerely, JoEllen

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