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Daisy Ojeda
Professor Ogden
STACC English 1A TR
17 March 2016

What Most People Dont Realize


Imagine waking up, opening your eyes and automatically feeling that same sadness you
felt yesterday, and the day before that. You feel those same butterflies you feel every single day
before going to school. You look in the mirror, somehow hoping that your acne and crooked teeth
would heal overnight and youll look more beautiful, more accepted. You shower, using the same
shampoo that makes your hair frizzy and hard to manage, but you settle because thats the only
shampoo that your mom can afford right now. You pick out the uniform that makes your body
seem less rounded at your stomach, and that hides your legs because, No one wants to see that.
you tell yourself. Maybe today will be different, maybe he wont say anything. you say in your
head about the same boy whos been bothering you since the school year began. When at school,
you walk past the office, head facing towards the ground, you see the same sparse pattern of old,
black gum on the floor. The sound of running shoes and laughter distracts you for a second
before you hear it. Hey fatass, followed by laughter. Those same butterflies come back and the
same thing happens just as it did yesterday. Nothings changed, no matter how hard you believe
it will. No matter how much youve prayed and cried, it happened again. This was me in
elementary school. I never thought that I would come out of this situation that I had to deal with
throughout last 2 years I attended my elementary school. I thought it would be easier to deal with
my problems if I wasnt here, if I wasnt alive.

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What most people dont realize is the depth of someone's problems unless they are in
their shoes. To be harassed on a daily basis is something that cannot be overlooked or ignored.
Children are dying, and this issue is not going away. To help prevent severe and fatal child
abuse and neglect and bring offenders to justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
Prevention (OJJDP) supports the National Center on Child Fatality Review (NCFR) in El Monte,
CA. NCFR assists the field in collecting full and accurate information about child fatalities to
support the investigation of these important cases. As a national clearinghouse, the center
collects and disseminates information and resources to teams across the country that review child
fatalities and to other concerned agencies and individuals. Most teams have expanded to review
all forms of intentional and preventable deaths, including child suicides, accidents, and deaths
from natural and undetermined causes. A national advisory board of professionals from related
fields provides program direction (The National Center on Child Fatality Review). This article
talks about a center in my community that monitors any preventable deaths in children. I believe
that this is important because centers like these help spread awareness on the severity of suicide,
especially in children. Especially those that are close to having a mental breakdown and are in
danger of doing something that they might regret.
In my community, there are many reports of death that make it to the mass media, they
give a description of the incident, add their personal thought and sometimes ask for donations to
a charity that aids in preventing situations like these. What I often see is that there is no
continued discussion. The coverage is brief and often followed by something cute or funny to
make us as viewers forget that there is and still are children that are taking their lives due to
constant bullying.

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Works Cited
Langstaff, John, and Tish Sleeper. "The National Center on Child Fatality Review."
Https://www.ncjrs.gov/txtfiles1/ojjdp/fs200112.txt. N.p., Mar. 2001. Web. 24 Mar. 2016.