Clicks vs. Cliques

CLicks vs. Cliques-This is an entry on cliques in schools. I want to raise awarness on the topic of self harm, suicide, bullying, and cliques in schools.

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“Don’t let the haters stop you from doin your thang!” –Kevin; Mean Girls. Most kids don’t know to follow this motto because of being rejected from a lunch table or a group at school better known as cliques. Cliques can give us a sense of comfort and family, but they can also contribute to bullying. These can socially isolate kids and put them through hard times. Cliques in schools are socially isolating because they contribute to bullying, cause self-harm, and suicide.

            In schools, especially in junior high and high school, we have troubles; parents getting a divorce, breakups, and grades. In times like these it is great to know that you have a group of amazing individuals that will give you advice and cheer you up. You are able to be yourself when you are around them and don’t have to act like someone you are not. “The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don't have.” –Woody Allen. Statistics show that people that are happy have a 25% increase of a chance that they can make someone else near them happy. This proves that you can be the best you and help others be the best they can be by being yourself and being happy.

On the other hand, cliques isolate people from a certain group and this is bullying. Do you remember when you were in elementary school and you had clubs, and Sarah would not let you join? Same concept; these are cliques.  The effects of isolation are all forms of bullying including cyber bullying, self-harm, and suicide. Kids feel like they should act like someone they are not to fit in. “Becoming a part of these groups sometimes causes kids to act differently than they otherwise would.” –Lindsay Hutton. We should not have cliques in school or everyday life because this causes pain to those around us. We should still have close friends that we can count on, but we don’t need to isolate others to do so. 

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