To The Editor:
I’d like to address the article in the Bristol Press on Tuesday March 27. The article’s headline was “Say Something,” about West Bristol school students. They have a No One Eats Alone program. I think that’s the best thing to happen in our schools. We need social inclusion in our schools. Social isolation is the overwhelming feeling of being left out, lonely or treated like you are invisible. These feelings of isolation tht can be associated with violent and suicidal behavior. In addition, research states that young people who are isolated can become victims of bullying, violence, and/or depression. As a result, you pull away from society, struggle with learning and social development and/or choose to hurt yourself or others. This is me. I grew up in Terryville.
I went through school with the same set of classmates until I graduated high school. I was bullied, beat up by the girls in school, called names. I wanted to commit suicide at the age of 10. It’s not normal to feel this way at this age. I had to struggle with learning in school I always read below grade level.
I am an adult now but I still suffer from depression. I am glad that Bristol schools are doing this in the schools.