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To Tell Or Not To Tell Analysis

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“Please don't tell," were the last three words Jamie will ever hear come out of her best friend's mouth. Jamie knew Kate was going through a lot between the bullying and her parents fighting, so when Kate expressed to Jamie her feelings for wanting to commit suicide, it was no surprise. Jamie was too afraid that telling would result in losing Kate as a friend. Little did Jamie know that not telling someone would be the cause of her losing Kate. However, if Jamie would have only told, she most likely wouldn’t have woken up to the terrible news that Kate was no longer with them. Almost 70% of all suicides are told about before they happen, and many other life-threatening situations have the potential to be stopped, but they are not stopped because someone or some group doesn’t have the guts to speak up. The article, “To Tell or Not to Tell?”, by Mary Kate Frank, discusses the viewpoints and beliefs on telling or speaking up. Although most readers of “To Tell or Not to Tell?” feel that some issues should be kept quiet due to having a fear of being rejected, further examination shows that telling about something to get help could prevent…show more content…
“To Tell or Not to Tell?” describes an instance where high school freshman student, Matthew Garrett, was told about plans of another student wanting to shoot up their school. He barely knew the student who made these claims, so he had no idea whether it was a joke or serious. He put the thought aside until a few weeks later and the student had continued planning. Finally, when the student started making dates, Matthew says now at 16, “It had gone too far.” Police told Matthew,”...this was one of the most credible threats they had ever seen.” When Matthew spoke up, he was most likely saving many of classmates’ lives. Once again, not telling could leave the weight of someone’s death could be on
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