The Dark Side of Teen Goths

The Dark Side of Teen Goths

There are 2108 comments on the ABC News story from Apr 13, 2006, titled The Dark Side of Teen Goths. In it, ABC News reports that:

A Study Shows This Social Group Is More at Risk for Self-Harm, Suicide Kids who said they were "goths" had a much higher history of self-harm and suicide, according to a new survey of U.K. youths.

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Goth gurl

Albuquerque, NM

#2297 Sep 19, 2010
being goth does not in any way make you a bad person. emo people are the ones that hurt themselfs. people need to leave diffrent people alone. they dont want to be like you. they dont want to look luke an effin barbie.BACK OFF!!!!!

Norfolk, VA

#2298 Oct 17, 2010
Im goth and don't try to cause myself harm, just because I'm different people are going to say I should kill myself? Well what if I said all preps were sluts or all jocks are stupid? Then I've gone to far but you can be hypocritical? I choose to be this way just like you " normal" people choose your life so why am I some depressed, satanic freak?

Atlanta, GA

#2299 Oct 17, 2010
im a teen goth, but i still believe in god. i dont walk around shouting out the devil's name.

“Gaurdian Winters”

Since: Oct 07

Cape Town, Durbanville

#2300 Jan 2, 2011
angelina wrote:
im a teen goth, but i still believe in god. i dont walk around shouting out the devil's name.
At it Girl, look i am Goth, and i believe in God, i am a Christian!
I will say it ould and look if anyone ever thinks or saiz that a Goth cant be a Christian, then i will seriously blow every gasket possable! Goth is a lifestyle! Not a Fucking religion, and most people get us confused with emo's too, i aint even gonna hint how much that pisses me off! but good for you girl, seriously,
I have a way of life i am going to share, just for the hell of it.

You walk a path in life!

You path can go 3 ways,

The way you want, someone elses way or just nowhere in particular i guess, i'm not God,
But i believe in 3 simple rules,
I choose:
Either 1. you can come with on my path
or 2. get outa my way
or finnaly be prepared toe become part of my path's foundation, and i dnt mean violence even, just that you must make your path as you want it, otherwise is it really YOUR path in life, and to heck with the rest, after all, its your life, you should be happy, and if they stereotype us, stuff em cus u knw u right!

“Irony at its finest”

Since: May 10

United States

#2301 Jan 2, 2011
Perhaps if people weren't making such a spectacle of their attire, they wouldn't have such a high rate of suicide, self-harm, etc. They should have the right to wear what they want without being pointed out for it.

Manchester, KY

#2302 Jan 2, 2011
black is not a color, it is actually defined by some as being devoid of color. that doesnt stand out. it stands down. leave those kids alone.

Hazleton, PA

#2303 Jul 28, 2011
I am an adult and the way I live my life includes what others would refer to as "extreme self-expression." I am not a goth. The way I look has certain elements of gothic, I would suppose, though it tends to be the more "extreme" version, with my own elements added to create my own style. I always wear a large amount of stark white foundation covering my face and neck, with thick, elaborate eye makeup and lipstick, my hair is jet black with unnatural colors added, and my clothing style is considered extreme, and has a combination of influences, many of which are entirely my own. The way I look may be extreme to others, though I myself feel quite comfortable.

I am not one to be exposed to the public. I prefer living in the country, away from all commotion, and I seldom depart from my residence. Though when in public, people come up to me and laugh, make disparaging comments, and some have even told me I should be ashamed of myself. Comments happen frequently for me and yet no one else would be subject to this. Staring is one (unfortunate) thing, making vile and hurtful comments is another. I have often felt intimidated. There have been times where I have considered keeping a weapon with me when I go out or learning self-defense, as I doubt law enforcement officers would be of any assistance to me. Throughout my life I have been subject to prejudice, intolerance, humiliation and outright discrimination while most have looked the other way because apparently it is easier than being forced to identify with the feelings of the victim. I have been labelled as autistic by psychiatrists, the school system, and autism specialists from early childhood and onward. I also have many values and I am afraid of people who don't share them. I feel that the majority of people are just too cruel and harsh.

I am deeply confused. I don't understand much about people and I really don't think I want to. Though sometimes I wonder if what I am doing is wrong, or if others are wrong, or if everyone is correct or everyone is wrong. I just know what feels right to me, as I have been me ever since I can remember. I also know that abuse and public humiliation is wrong. Am I not exercising my civil liberties? Do people reserve the right to be different? There are so many questions about the way I live my life that it is just too exhausting to answer them any longer.
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Berwick, PA

#2305 Dec 8, 2012
grace hears the balance beam calling

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