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Hi! We are Michael and Marisa, teen spokespersons for PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.

During the month of October, we are encouraging all teens to share their story. Selected stories will be posted to the website and one will be chosen at random to receive a MacBook Air!

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CustomInk Launches Its Fourth Annual “Be Good To Each Other” T-shirt campaign in support of PACER

This year, PACER’s UNITY DAY will take place on Wednesday, October 22, the day when everyone is encouraged to come together and wear orange to send a message of support, hope and unity. Though ordering in time for Unity day has closed, you can still support the cause! CustomInk will donate 100% of profits (at least $9.00 per shirt) to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.

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I Care Because

I care cause my confidence has been shaken alot because of bullying.  I used to be confident but ever since people noticed i have the tendancy to stutter my confidence has gone down.  Now that i'm in 7th grade i'm in counseling and speech.  both the school counselor and the speech therapist are very nice but i felt like im not normal.  I hear Demi reach out for bullying and Demi, incase you ever read this i just wanted to tell you that you inspire me so much.  We've both been through alot and when i hear your songs it makes me feel spontaneous.  I want people to see the real me and like me for who i am.  We dont have to act a certain way for people to like us. All we have to do is be ourselves.  I truly think that says alot about ourselves.  Alot of my family is in to acting and my cousin even got the lead in the highschool play but i always find myself saying "I will never be like her!" Even though people say that were both pretty talented, I just dont believe them. Im bullying my self and thats something about me I need to change.  I AM 100% against bullying!

lilly, 14, new york

well it is second quarter at my school, and the year is breezing past easly but there is one thing i don't like in my school.there are about 3 to 4 kids that have autisum in my school. they act a little diffrent than the other kids, like today 2 of them were passing by the band room and one of the kids reacted to the noise by shaking and covering his ears. i know that kids with autisum can react to noise diffrently than us. well this bully who was in my class started laghing at him and at least the rest of the class but me started laghing at him, too.
 
 
i felt so bad for him, what can i do to help this stop and make my school welcoming to all kids

Lizzy, 13, United States

I was taken from my real mother when I was about four years old, and placed in DCF cutsody; fostercare. Because of being so young yet still having that attachment to her, I was a very confused child, and often hard to deal with, causing me to move from home to home.  I moved about 24 times between the ages of 5 and 9, and moving so much caused me to always have to start over and make new friends, leading me to be shy and insecure.  Growing up with so many people I adapted different personalities, and though I was a bubbly, innoocent, loving, and gentle spirited girl, I was picked on for being weird, shy, and not acting according to the complexion of my skin.  I was teased and picked on my entire life, leading me to be depressed, and that lead me to hating myself and cutting myself.  With help, I made it through, although there were lots of horrible situations that took place, however, I made it through and am now in college, ready to complete a Persuasive Speech Against Bullying. nI hope to encourage the young adults in my class to also help use this site to take action against bullying.

LaSylvia, 18, Brockton Massachusetts

im poor,so yes i am made fun of. im chubby,so yes i am made fun of. i am short, so ya they make fun of me. i am very insecure and have scars from cutting. it hurts more because i dont really have someone or anyone to talk to. i want to talk about it, but the way they might react doesnt set well in my stomache. so i keep to myself. i try so hard to be strong and ignore the rude comments. but you cant ignore. it all just piles up in your brain and finally you break down crying. ive shed so many tears,i dont think i have any left to cry out. so,i care because it has and still is effecting me,horribly. 

kaitlin, 13, fl

I just wanted to say that some parents do care!  My son was bullied in elementary school, so we switched to a small charter school.  This charter school has no tolerance for bullies, they have assemblies about bullying, and yet he is still bullied.  There are just a few mean kids, wherever you go.  So, I've asked my son to tell me every time he is being bullied.  And every time, I go to the school principal in charge of discipline.  And every time, she takes action.  The situation is slowly getting better for my son.  Please don't give up.  Kept telling as many people as you can that you are being bullied.  

Pamela, 44, Arizona

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Finally, signs that crusaders against bullying are getting the upper hand

Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2014

By Debra-Lynn B. Hook of McClatchy-Tribune News Service

National Bullying Prevention Center Director Julie Hertzog is quoted in a Ledger-Enquirer article about the increasing awareness around bullying prevention and resulting changes in bullying reporting at schools. “The awareness is out there in a way it wasn’t before,” said Hertzog. “We’ve reframed the way people are thinking about bullying. We no longer say, ‘Oh, that’s just kids being kids.’ Now we understand the impact — everything from not wanting to go to school, to feeling unsafe, to anxiety and depression, to self-harm.” Read more>>>

U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights Issues Guidance on Bullying of Students with Disabilities

Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2014

As part of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month, the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today issued guidance to schools reminding them that bullying is wrong and must not be tolerated — including against America’s 6.5 million students with disabilities.

The Department issued guidance in the form of a letter to educators detailing public schools’ responsibilities. If a student with a disability is being bullied, federal law requires schools to take immediate and appropriate action to investigate the issue and, as necessary, take steps to stop the bullying and prevent it from recurring. Learn more>>>

Students, community members take a stand against bullying as part of Unity Day

Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2014

By Kim McGuire, Star Tribune

If it seems like you're seeing orange everywhere you go today, there’s a reason: Unity Day. Started just three years ago by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, Unity Day has become a national movement in which everyone is encouraged to wear orange and support local anti-bullying efforts. And it’s not just students. Expect to see more orange if you’re driving over the I-35W bridge tonight. The I-35W bridge will again be lit orange at sunset in observance of Unity Day. Read more>>>

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All About Bullies . . . Big And Small

A CD for young children, and winner of a Grammy for Best Children’s Album, All About Bullies … Big and Small is a collection of music, poetry and storytelling designed to put an interesting and heartfelt twist on bullying prevention, so that young learners can identify with the topic in an age appropriate manner. The artists all generously contributed their time and talents. 100% of the profit proceeds are donated to PACER’s Kids Against Bullying initiatives.