The Popular, the Troublemakers and the Social Outcasts…by Olivia McCarthy-Stevens

We’ve all heard and know of beauty – the public perception of what makes someone (or something) pretty. What we don’t know is how it’s affecting millions of girls (and boys, too) across Europe; do we know that some girls go home, crying themselves to sleep because they don’t ‘fit in’ or are ‘popular and pretty’ like the other girls in their class? The high school world can be cruel –the homework, students can deal with- but in school some children are becoming miserable shadows of human beings.

 

It may start as a simple joke, but it can become something more, something that’s dark and mysterious, and twists in and out of school corridors, leading the unfortunate into a deep pit of despair. Why is it that some children are seen as ‘outsiders’ and are always going to be that way? Theoretically, it could be some children/teenagers like it that way, preferring to keep quiet and stay away from the crowd. But there is always the idea that some are social outcasts, categorised into groups. I’ve always been labelled as the ‘brainbox’ or ‘geek’ or even ‘pompous smarty pants’. I don’t bother to shed tears anymore – those people who call names will never truly understand the meaning ‘beauty’ anyway.

 

There are others who don’t take it lightly, though, and are slowly eaten up inside by malicious comments. Teenagers are pressured into things they don’t want to do, into being people they don’t want to be and what do we do to stop it? Nothing.

 

Who is to blame for it though? Is it schools, for not taking strong enough action against this, or is it the children surrounding them? I don’t know, but I do know it must stop. Most of us will know someone who is affected deeply by it, and most of us won’t know how to deal with it. I’m most definitely not a psychiatrist, but try to get them to talk to you about it, because it’s not right. You know that. We all know that.