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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Kai

Hull, UK

#35 Oct 3, 2006
Early Childhood Adv wrote:
<quoted text>
Are you getting any help a school Councelor? Relative... grandparents... aunts...sibblings? You have to heal...I can't understand what you are going through...but things will get better...you just have to look towards the future...you need to want more for yourself...but you must heal first and please try to stop any negative behaviors... and stay in school...what do you want to be when you grow up? I don't know how old you are but,if you and your dad can get councelling together, would this be a good thing? Hey, try changing your music a little, it might help...light classical...piano???
I don't need help now. I am eighteen, and know what I want to do with my life. My dad has gotten better since that time, nearly five years ago. What I don't understand is why you think I am going to kill myself or involve myself in an abusive behaviour and illegal activities, I didn't imply I would.

It has nothing to do with my music taste, I like the music I like, and to tell you the truth, I like most music. Yes, I do like classical, and I don't care. It isn't one of my favourites but sitting down after work with a book in my hand and a bit of Wagner on is really relaxing.

My dad and I do not need to see a counsellor, and if we do, we will do it when we both think it is needed. My father and I work out our problems by talking about them, as opposed to the usual arguments and the few times we fought. Ok, so we aren't a perfect family, there is no such thing. My brother and sisters are the same. Since my sister had my neice, we have become a happier family.

Remember one thing though, no one is normal. No one. Everyone is weird to everyone else. It is the same with 'Goths', we aren't the same as each other, we are all different, I know people who would go and slit their wrists to gain attention, or because they think they can't live their lives anymore. But I know that in some way, I could help them if they wanted me to. I am eighteen and have gone through a lot in my short existance, some of the things most of your probably haven't been through or even thought about. So why you stereotype people, remember it is a generalisation, there are no two people who are exactly the same in personality, there will always be something different between them all.

And yes, I have stayed in school, and I am hoping to go into film direction. It is the only way I can think of thanking my mother for all she did for me, by living my dreams to the fullest and living my life in happiness...

Now tell me I have said something wrong...
Kai

Hull, UK

#36 Oct 3, 2006
Early Childhood Adv wrote:
Ashley, anyone ever sexually abuse you? Is this part of the problem?
Is this any of your business? Really? Come on, you can't ask someone that.

Besides, since when has liking one kind of music been a problem? Since when has dressing in black been a problem?

You should think about what you are saying.
Kai

Hull, UK

#37 Oct 3, 2006
Thomas wrote:
I think that the parents should start providing some kind of decent role models for these teenagers and also seeing what type of friends that their teenagers are associating with and the types of video games and reading material their teenagers look at would also help . Teen Goths were not born that way ! Their friends , video games and reading material made them that way ! Parents have to change that !
So blaming the media for how people react? Wouldn't you say the media influenced you to believe that yourself? What does that say about your reading material? Your music? The same thing you just said.
gothic al

Huntsville, AL

#40 Oct 4, 2006
goths are very unique and cool goths are not freaks
lonley chic

Everett, WA

#41 Oct 5, 2006
night girl wrote:
goths aren't bad and only people with serious problems kill them self goths are mostly depressed and even though they are they still have talent like writeing and some goths like to act in plays people say goths only ware black not some goths ware color most people get the wrong ideal about goths i should know my friends are gothic oh and anther thing not all goths worship the devil like some think they do
i get what your saying. a lot of people call me a poser goth because i dont weship the devil
christy

AOL

#42 Oct 5, 2006
I WAS A GOTHIC AND ALL MY FEELINGS OF INSECURITY, SADNESS, DEPRESSION, LONELINESS ALL WENT AWAY WHEN I WELCOME JESUS INTO MY HEART. HE SUPPLIES ALL YOUR NEED AND YOU ARE NEVER ALONE. US TEENAGERS REALLY DON'T KNOW HOW TO EXPRESSED OURSELVES AND WE JUST CLING TO ANYTHING THAT FEELS GOOD. LIFE HAS SO MUCH TO OFFER AND WE SHOULD TRY TO GET ADVISE FROM PEOPLE THAT HAVE A GOOD HEAD ON THEIR SHOULDERS AND NOT OUR FRIENDS BECAUSE THEY REALLY DON'T KNOW MUCH. THEY HAVE NOT EVEN LIVED THAT LONG TO KNOW MUCH ABOUT LIFE. TRY JESUS, AND YOU WILL SEE HOW DIFFERENT YOU LIFE CAN BE. I KNOW A LOT OF TEENAGERS LIKE US THAT WENT THROUGH THE SAME DIFFICULTIES AND THEIR LIFE HAS CHANGED AND I AM LIVING PROOF OF THAT EVERLASTING CHANGE.
dan

Roy, UT

#43 Oct 5, 2006
First, stop picking on Goths. And second,

Could you guys jump off roofs and stuff like Trinity from "The Matrix" and that hot chick from "Underworld"?

Cause hot chicks who can jump off buildings and then just casually come out of a crouch unhurt is really, really cool.
Sandra

Atlanta, MI

#44 Oct 6, 2006
parlo wrote:
<quoted text>Please tell me who else you advocate death for. Please teach me your Christian ways!
you really need to get your head stright and accept god in your life cuz u dont no wat ur missing out on
lonley chic

Everett, WA

#45 Oct 6, 2006
Whatsername wrote:
its not about labels..
self harm is an issue and itd rly hard to quit!
tell me about it. if you have issues you dont want people to lecture you about it caus then you just get worse
lonley chic

Everett, WA

#46 Oct 6, 2006
Early Childhood Adv wrote:
<quoted text>
Ashley, anyone ever sexually abuse you? Is this part of the problem?
hey dumb ass just by saying shit like that you could send people farther into depression
lonley chic

Everett, WA

#47 Oct 6, 2006
what do you think it takes to be goth? cus i love malilyn manson and him my favorite color is black and have issues that are not open to the public. but a lot of people call me poser goth because i dont worship satin and it pisses me off. please reply
Steve

United States

#48 Oct 6, 2006
I don't believe Goth kids are evil or harmful...the Goth girls are pretty hot though...
jen

Waynesville, NC

#49 Oct 6, 2006
nob wrote:
maybe they should kill themselfs because we don't need those freaks alive
well hey maybe you should shut the f up bc if sumone says stuff like that they realy dont no bout the goths
M1K3L

Nottingham, UK

#51 Oct 13, 2006
nob wrote:
maybe they should kill themselfs because we don't need those freaks alive
exactly what is it about goths that make them freaks you just make it sound like your prejudice to everyone who doesnt dress, talk, come from the same place you do, so thanx a lot nob (who picks a name like nob, might as well call him c0cksucker) you've just supported another reign of nazis
JBH

Van Wert, OH

#52 Oct 13, 2006
Becuase everyone wants to be a meathead jock, or bubble head cheerleader. Diffrent strokes for diffrent folks. One of the best bars I have ever been to was a goth bar becuase the people there leve you alone as opposed to a normal bar where everyone is judging you on some nebulous standard of "normal" and "attaractive"
goth is so cool

Maryville, TN

#53 Oct 13, 2006
Candles raise my desire
Why I'm so far away
No more meaning to my life
No more reason to stay
Freezing feeling, breathe in - breathe in
I'm coming back again...

I'm not the one who's so far away
When I feel the snake bite enter my veins
Never did I wanna be here again
And I don't remember why I came
cheyenne smith

Grants Pass, OR

#54 Oct 15, 2006
nob wrote:
maybe they should kill themselfs because we don't need those freaks alive
please, will everyone just listen 2 this !!! i m a 13 year old and i m gothic, we are not freaks we are misunderstood and we are really very nice, smart, loving, and funny people. we are tired of people calling us the freaks and geeks. we are gothic sometimes because of all of ur tormenting. give us a break! we have had so much crap happen 2 us. and anyone can attempt a suicide, not just us! please cant we all just get along?
cheyenne smith

Grants Pass, OR

#55 Oct 15, 2006
i have attempted suicide many times and i m all alone. does that make me a freak? we aren't cannibals, look past the studs, spikes, eyeliner, layers of white and black make-up and clothing and our different hair styles, and we r wut exactly? Normals, conformists, boring, and un-original. will everyone just stop the madness?!
cheyenne smith

Grants Pass, OR

#56 Oct 15, 2006
goth is so cool wrote:
Candles raise my desire
Why I'm so far away
No more meaning to my life
No more reason to stay
Freezing feeling, breathe in - breathe in
I'm coming back again...
I'm not the one who's so far away
When I feel the snake bite enter my veins
Never did I wanna be here again
And I don't remember why I came
yep, im gothic and it is awesome!
Bill R

Vader, WA

#57 Oct 15, 2006
JBH wrote:
Becuase everyone wants to be a meathead jock, or bubble head cheerleader. Diffrent strokes for diffrent folks. One of the best bars I have ever been to was a goth bar becuase the people there leve you alone as opposed to a normal bar where everyone is judging you on some nebulous standard of "normal" and "attaractive"
Judge as you wish, but the fact is that there is a
real world out there and goths, just like everyone
else, have to learn how to live in it.

Want a job? You won't get a good one if your manner
of dress or adornment limits an employer's ability
to place you before the public. Dishwasher, yes.
Shift manager, no. Night custodian, yes. Daytime
maintenance, no. Stockroom, yes. Front counter,
no.

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