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on the commercial with the little boy on the school bus i wanna know why the bus driver did nothing to help this child you can see her looking at him and every one being mean to him including the bus driver why didnt she help this boy shame on her and that commercial is sad because there is an adult who did nothing.

lynnie, 38, california

My little sister is being tormented by boys and girls the same as her and older(!). We're doing everything we can to make it stop, but they keep bullying her. It's been happening for years. Now she's scared to go to school and to youth clubs. I'm scared incase she wants to commit suicide. I don't want to lose her. She hardly had any friends, and she comes home crying every night. I need to know how to help her. I'm scared for her.

Abi, 15, UK

I kind of bully a friend of mine sometimes but I regret it EVERYTIME because I know it makes he feel awful. I wanna stop but he's so annoying sometimes... I don't know what to do I can stop if he stops.

Sara, 14, Portugal

2 months ago i almost lost my sister well not only my sister my twin my best friend we fight and argue but i love my sister and i also almost lost my older sister because she starved herself they were insecure because  people/bullies are judgmentle i was too but my friends got bullied and i did too so i realized i needed to stop its not cool people just think your lame and stuff  and people are scared because they wanna be popular it doesnt matter what people think you aint going to live with them the rest of your life so i want to take a stand its not right someone tried to kill herself at school i felt bad because everyone picked on her i did too but i said sorry and i actually ment it. ilove my 4 siblings and i almost lost all of them2 of them because of bullies and critisism and 1 from diseases and my other sibling from depression..and depression i believe takes a stong part in being a victim in bullying!

Amber, 13, oklahoma

I care because... I have been in the situation that many others have been in everyday, I have at one time felt that unimportance, left out, hurt, broken, torn, pushed around, dropped feeling. And I can say it breaks my heart when I see all these comments. Theres millions of stories that have never been told, and there have been tons of stories that will never be told because nobody was able to help a child in need at the time. Bulying is in a case as you can say, mostly out of hand. It can be very dangerous, and can be scary! I was at the point 2 years ago of wanting to die, I tried for days and eventually ended up in the hospital becuase I was called 1 of many words that always gets to a girl... FAT! No girl EVER wants to be called that, I cut myself and I starved myself. After a month of not eating I was in the hospital for 2 weeks. Just to recover. I cut for about 6 months. And I leaned toward drug. Meth, pot, coke. It was no fun because up to a year. I can't remember a thing that went on the past year. I drank everyday, got high everyday. And I can say 1 from many. Don't ever lean your own life against alcohol & drugs. But for the past year has been better. I was in rehab & I got clean and now I know. When I am in need. I GET HELP! 
If you victim of bullying PLEASE get help!

Jade Maree, 16, Ohio, Xenia

I was bulled all through my primary school years and just as I thought I was free from all the emotional trauma I experienced bullying all over again. In year 4 of my primary school years I joined a new school and that is where all the bullying began. this all affected my schoolwork and my behavior. I started failing all my classes except for English because I believed English was my escape, I loved reading books and that was the only thing the learners in the school could not take from me. I feared going to school, I would cry every morning thinking about all the things the learners where going to say and do to me. I got through bullying through books, a bit of therapy and support from my mum.

Morgan, 17, South Africa

I was diagnosed with partial deafness aged 5 and the kids in my school then used to pick on me because of it. I had to be taken from the local school and sent to a school further away to prevent this. At the time, it made me feel like I was worthless and that because of my disability I couldn't be as good as the other children. Since moving away from the local school, I've learned that this is not the case.

Charlotte, 16, UK

I care because no one deserves to be bullied. No one deserves to feel like they are worthless. No one deserves to be tormented everyday. No one deserves to be put down.

Everyone deserves to be treated equal. Everyone deserves to feel like they belong. Everyone deserves to know that ther are people out there who care and are trying to stop bullies int thier tracks.

Lets put an end to this.

Kurstan, 18, Texas

"I was bullied from the first to the sixth grade, then I moved schools. It really hurts when the bullys tell you mean stuff. It made me want to kill myself. I cut myself all the time because i can still hear what theyre saying. Sometimes I'll have flashbaks of them slapping me to the point where I got frustrated and cried. I know how it feels to be bullied. I still cut myself but I'm trying to get help,i just dont know how to ask. I have suicidal thoughts too. I hide my body by wearing long clothes,even in the heat. Please stop bullying,in a way it saves lifes if you dont bully."

Marie, 14, ca

I was being bullying for about 6 years. Alot of people know about it but they never did something. I care alot about other people being bullyed because I dont want then to go through the same things I had to deal with every day. So when my sister came home from school and told me that people where being mean to her, my heart droped. For 2 weeks ago I got the opportunity of a lifetime. I got to write a musical for our church choir. I know immidently what I was going to write about. Bullying! This so that people will open their eyes and start to see what a few things can do to help a person that's being bullying. I was bullying for the face that I was different. Now I have some off the most amazing fiends just because I'm different. I would never traid my life for someone else but I will do everything that is in my power to provide a safe place for the kids that lives in the world of bullying today. We all can stop this if we work together. 

Maria, 19, sw

I've been there, and after these years, I have never forgotten what I went through as a kid! 
Going to and from school was miserable in itself, and just
always having had to be aware of my surroundings, and who was around, and constantly having to watch over my shoulder, as I walked.
In the classroom, lunch room, etc, I had to be careful as well! 
The teacher was not at all a help, as was none of the other students!
My dad went to the bullys houses and had words, but that only made matters worse!
It got to
the point that I played hookey one day, and went and hung out at the neighbors house! The school called and asked where I
was! Mom thought I'd gone to school! 
I knew she would have forced me to go, if she knew where I was! 
I came home at the regular time, and got in a lot of trouble, but to me, it was well worth it!  She never figured it out! 
I'd love to meet my bullies again, and ask em "why"?
I'm thankful to see something is FINALLY getting done with this! No kid should have to put up with this crap, and shame on those who stand back, watch, laugh, and egg em on!!
To all you kids that are getting bullied, there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Remember, it won't last forever!!
Please, ask a trusted adult for help, cause you don't have to
take it!! 
I'm a survivor! : )

Brian, 45, Tenino Washington

I know what it's like to be bullied. I was bullied growing up because I was never good enough, pretty enough, thin enough, etc.
They say that people who bully others do it because they're insecure and it makes them feel more confident. I don't understand how. They (bullies) know what it's like to feel deeply insecure so how does knowing that you're making other people feel just like you do make you feel better about yourself?

Karla, 16, Alabama

when i first moved to a new school i felt scared and insecure because all the other girls had their own little group and i was way to shy to go up to the guys cuz i was scared that they'd make fun of me. I was alone for my first 2 weeks i only went a few days in that 2 weeks though, i couldnt make it through the day ever, but one day a girl came up to me and asked if i wanted to come and hang out with them after school, so i went and hung out with them and now 3 years down the road im friends with my whole class and everybody says im fun to be around all because that one girl felt really guilty about me being alone 24/7! I  wish everyone was like that because this bullying is so mean and it causes a lot of peaople to turn to suicide ! I BELIEVE ... so should you!! us teens can make the world a better place only if you believe in yourself!!!

Samanthe, 12, CA

I care because, I have been bullied since I was little because I had a birthmark on my face. And kids from my school keep calling me "ketchup". And it hurts me a lot. They don't know how hard it is for me to go out and people asking me if I was in an accident and my got burnt. And saying that I look like a map. And they had to make up songs. I am writting this because, I have had enough of this bullying and I'm going to stand up to those bullies. And tell them to shut up. Because  they don't know who I AM.

Evelyn, 14, Philippines, Boracay

I've been bullied, sexual harassment, sexual assaulted, name calling, threatened, and abused by mere words. I handled most of it on my own. But not everyone can stand up for themselves, everyone is different, and sometimes it takes a push from a friend to make it all better... Even if you have completely given up on yourself and the rest of the human race. Find something you love, something to live for! It's your life, and you control your destiny! Make it better, those mean things they say about you, are they true? You have power. You have heart. Smile :)

Kaitlyn, 15, Mississippi

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