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email dakselrodhotmailcomtitle Jeremy A Richardson High School student fatally shot himself in front of his classroom of about thirty students This headline appeared in a Texas paper a couple of years ago If this had happened during the medieval times a bard would have certainly written a song about it In contemporary society modern day bards whom we call them musicians express their feeling about issues and problems in our society through their music For example the song Jeremy by Pearl Jam relates to the problem of teenage suicide in America through its lyrics and poetic devices like repetition and metaphors Teenage suicide has become a huge problem in America during the last two or three decades In the years from 1950 to 1980 s the suicide rate of people ages fifteen to twenty four has more than tripled After the 1980 s suicide rate decreased due to the fact that society recognized as a problem Methods of dealing with this problem were invented and applied such as counseling and stronger family values Now in the 1990 s the suicide rate is going up once again because the problem is being neglected Currently teenage suicide is the third leading source of deaths among teenagers Fifteen out of 100000 successfully commit suicide applies the just the adolescent part of the population and only God knows how many teenagers try to commit suicide Many of them fail and are left disabled or emotionally scarred for the remainder of their lives The first step of dealing with this problem is to recognize that it exists only then we can find means of dealing with it Thanks to musicians like Pearl Jam the problem is being acknowledged more and more As soon as we all believe that we have a problem we can eliminate it The song Jeremy actually depicts a real teenager who committed suicide The article published in a Texas paper about this
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