Analysis: To Tell Or Not To Tell By Mary Kate Frank

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Suppose your best friend came up to you one day and rolled up her sleeves revealing cuts all along her arms and wrists. What would you do about it? How would you react? You would want to be the one to speak up right? Are you worried about not being considered a friend? Are you worried about being labeled as someone bad? Don’t worry, not everyone will have the courage to speak up like you. This is what Natalia chose to do during Mary Kate Frank’s article, in order to save her friend’s life. Although some readers of “To Tell or Not to Tell” by Mary Kate Frank, have argued that people should not speak up because they are afraid of being labeled as a snitch or losing friends, closer examination shows that we should speak up seeing that being a…show more content…
They want to remain silent. The author states, “They fear ‘everything from being labeled a snitch, to getting into trouble,’ says Syvertsen, who has studied the bystander effect. ‘And they worry that divulging concerns will mark the end of the friendship.’” Nowadays the kids are being taught that they should stay quiet. The author talks at least two different times about as kids being taught to stay quiet. The text states, “You might have thought you should keep your mouth shut. (Weren’t you always taught to mind your own business?)” She also wrote, “But even if you’re the only one who sees or overhears something, it’s a normal reaction to want to keep quiet. Think about it. As kids, we’re taught that no one likes a tattletale.” The thing is people get hurt without anyone speaking up about the issue. No matter what the situation you should always speak up to help save others. You could possibly save yourself also. The author of “To Tell or Not to Tell” also talks about a different situation relating similarly. She states, “According to research, four out of five school shooters revealed their intentions to peers ahead of time—but no one reported the threats. What gives? Sometimes, when people witness something—say, a friend being bullied—in a group, they believe that someone else will intervene. The behavior is so common that psychologists have even given it names: They call it
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