Girls need to respect one another

Girls need to respect one another

A week ago, I entered my junior year of high school. I remember the feeling I had on my first day of freshman year; I was ecstatic! We had new uniforms and different types of classes. It felt like a fresh start. But, little did my 14-year-old self know that my confidence would be shattered by my own peers.

Throughout my high school career, I have witnessed and been a victim of verbal abuse from girls, which I think is very odd. In today’s society, females are seen as weak and soft, but also angry and vicious, especially teenage girls. They love to walk the halls with their chins up and smiles on. But, if they see another girl “doing better” than them, they immediately become extremely jealous. Why? Well, it may be because every girl wants to feel, look, and be the best. But who knows? Whatever the reason may be, it needs to stop. Instead of putting each other down, we need to lift each other up.

I am not trying to say that every girl in high school needs to be friends with one another. We just need to empower each other! Try to open up and talk to each other. If you see someone sitting alone, go sit with them and start a conversation; it may make their day. Do whatever you can to make the intimidating high school environment feel safe for your fellow female classmates.

According to the National Voices for Equality, Education, and Enlightenment, every seven minutes someone is being bullied. In high schools across the country this is happening. To go more in depth, 41 percent of girls aged 15-17 have reported being bullied, which is more than other groups, age and gender. These statistics can only give you a miniscule look into what’s happening to teenage girls today.

All in all, teenage girls in today’s society need to help each other out. Stop trying to tear one another down, it only looks bad on you. We need to show the world that we are strong, powerful, and independent. But it all starts with you. Make a change and it will help make a difference.

Savannah Melo

Cumberland

Melo is a 16-year-old junior attending Blackstone Valley Prep High School.