Jahnathon Myers: Living the consequences of our world’s violence


By Jahnathon Myers - Guest Columnist



Growing up I never really liked people outside of my family, and the violence I’ve seen and or been in honestly just made me feel like people, especially kids, couldn’t be helped without violence.

I’ve seen people get shot, stabbed, abused, and I’ve even seen some take their own lives. This world is full of violence, drugs and weapons, but the sad part about it is that kids have easy access to all of these and get hurt by them every day.

When I was in fourth grade, I got off my bus and started to walk home when I saw somebody get pushed to the ground and beaten unconscious. I will occasionally get sent videos by my friends of people getting beat up or hurting themselves. I’ve been in a couple situations where I’m getting hit and pushed around, but I’ve never done much about it because I’ve never really cared because it happened a lot.

I’ve heard stories about people’s family members ending up in the hospital due to drug-related incidents like getting high and harming themselves. Another thing I’ve heard and seen on the news is school shootings. I talk to a couple people online who witnessed a shooting at their schools. Sometimes it seems like humanity won’t make it to 2022, and that isn’t at all a good thing.

There are many reasons these things happen. The use of drugs is very severe along with fighting and abuse. A lot of kids have access to drugs and are allowed to use them. Sometimes that leads to self-harm along with harming others and drug overdoses. So many kids die each year in drug-related problems, but there are also a lot of deaths from teen violence each year as well.

Every day when I go to school or even just on a walk, I see other teens fighting verbally and physically. I remember seeing somebody get jumped and beat to the ground. A couple of my online friends have told me that they know where to find weapons and drugs, which worries me so much because I care for them a lot, and I don’t want them to do something dumb.

I think that we could stop or at least slow the rate of teen deaths by attempting to make drugs less accessible and by doing this, there would be less drug-related suicide or crimes commited.

I think that another thing we could do is make weapons such as guns and knives harder to access. By making weapons harder to access, fewer kids would bring them to schools, stores, workplaces, etc. There would be fewer suicides and murders committed by teenagers.

Things we could do to make drugs harder to access is start investigating sketchy places, such as abandoned houses, buildings or alleyways.

The things we could do to stop fights are monitor kids around neighborhoods, schools, restaurants and in parks. The one thing I don’t believe most people understand is violence only breeds more violence.

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By Jahnathon Myers

Guest Columnist

Jahnathon Myers attends Lima’s West Middle School. He was chosen as one of Lima’s two ambassadors sent to the national Do the Write Thing event this summer. His column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Lima News editorial board or AIM Media, owner of The Lima News.

Jahnathon Myers attends Lima’s West Middle School. He was chosen as one of Lima’s two ambassadors sent to the national Do the Write Thing event this summer. His column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Lima News editorial board or AIM Media, owner of The Lima News.

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