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Bullying is all about who's popular and who's not. Kids get bullied for their clothes, race, athleticness, and if their social or not.One girl at school lacks ALL those things. Everytime I see someone bully her, I take the stand. Bullying HAS  TO STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lauren, 13, AZ

I just wish bullying would stop<33333

Laura, 14, nj

I've never been badly bullied, but I am/have been picked on. I was teased a little by a few people 2 years ago. Now this year, it's gotten worse. I don't say anything, but my friend gets it. He will tell them to stop, and others tell me to ignore it. But it's hard. This week was extremely bad. I got called alot of names, in the class, where everyone could hear. They stuck up for me though, and I care because if people don't have others that will stick up for them, it's really hard. When I was being picked on 2 years ago, nobody stood up for me, it can make people feel so alone. So, that's why I care.

Alex, 11, Birmingham, UK

I was bullied for years, and i really permanently effected me.  Because of bullying, I've struggled with depression, body image issues, and next-to-no self confidence. Now I've devoted my life to making others feel important and to help the become proud of who they are. so yo all of you being bullied, THERE'S ALWAYS SOMEONE LISTENING.  you're not going through it alone :)

Anthony, 16, Rhode Island

I have been bullied in the past by many people who underminded me and said that i would never acheive anything. However the bullying i received has not ended my dreams and the bullying only got one thing from me and that was not to give up but try even harder so i could prove them wrong.
I gained my confidence by being involved in a charity called Roots and Shoots. The Roots and Shoots Programme was created by Dr Jane Goodall  to help the youth of today understand how to help the enviroment and the wildlife as well as ideas on how to help your local community. I beleive that bullying as a whole should be stopped. So be inspired and get involved. 
Lets all put a stop to bullying.                           

John, 14, Inverness in Scotland

i care, my lil brother who is a special child was bullied, i love my little brother. and i can't do anything cause i'm far from him and i really want to protect my brother from bullies, my lil brother was love in school, my family and his friends. i care for those who are being bullied like my kid brother, teachers and the school faculty members should do something about it. one of his classmates hit his head on the table, and i felt horrible just hearing about it. hope someone can do something. i can't just sit here and do nothing. 

veronica, 20, CA

When I was in elementary, I was the bully. I scratched people with my finger nails, I bit people. I'm in 8th grade now, and I feel absoultely horrible about what I did. I know I was only in elementary, but it doesn't make it right. 
I now have decided to make  difference in my school. To try to stop bullying. I'm getting rubber bracelets with the permission from schooland my parents. 
There is a  bullying assembly in January. I hope to stand in front of the school and give a speech of my experiences, and other peoples. 

People need to understand.
YOU DO MATTER
PEOPLE DO LIKE YOU
YOU ARE PERFECT.

Hannah, 13, IL

i am bullied  really bad becaus I am an overweight child i am 265 lbs and am only in 6th grade :( everyone tortures me i am ashamed 2 leave the house every day  i have a very supportive mom though she helps me through these tromitizing events                              

brittany, 12, northfield NH

...when I was in school. ( 6-10th grade) I was bullied. I was different.  Always a little chubby, with glasses and I was creative/ artistic. I was picked on for how I looked and for the interests I had, in the arts. This experience not only affected my adult relationships ( makor lack of trust) But, it has subconsciously kept me from following my talent. I will do whatever I can to protect young people, from the same fate.

Christopher , 46, Raleigh, North Carolina

I hate when people bully because it makes me mad. WHen I am involved into it, I do not eat, talk, or have fun. I just sit there, sulking. Deep inside, I would be crying and saying "Why me? What do I need to do?" I am always fearful, and do not stand up for myself. I've learned that I need to tell someone and stand up for my self and others. 

Natalie, 11, Missouri

I remember I was bullied all through middle school, for being different, and for being tall.. I would hate going to school, but now in high school everything got so much better! I love it! And Hey, my height landed me and interview as a model in a commercial. 

Alejandra, 16, Denver CO

Everyone bullies me by not sitting with me at lunch and everyone calls me names all day long everyday and I hate when nobody even wants to sit with me at lunch :(

Mary, 17, Canada

My older sister was bullied from Jr. High and all through High School. She would come home crying all the time and my mom went to the school countless times to inform the princpal and teachers what was going on. However, they didn't do anything about at the time, so she started cutting and she was depressed. Having to see someone I look up to go through something like that was heartbreaking. She was always there for me when I was hurt or sad and it hurt not being able to stop those girls. She graduated her Jr. year of high school and now, she's a top-notch nurse at numorous nursing homes and she's getting married to her high school boyfriend. She finally stopped listening to those girls, and they gave up on getting a reaction out of her. I'm proud she was able to fight against getting bullied and I'm proud to call her my sister. 

Kelsea, 18, Texas

I care because I was bullied when I was little. I know some people might think that it doesn't matter, that we were too young to actually do any damage, but it's not true. Bullying hurts. It cuts you open, and then it's so hard to seal the wound. Kids used to make fun of me, said disgusting things about me. They would tease the way I walked or the way I looked. They'd say I looked like a boy, and that my glasses were weird and ugly. And it continued, it never stopped. I hated school, I don't have one happy memory of the 1st, 2n, and 3rd grade. They were supposed to be the happy moments in childhood!! But to me they weren't. I was too afraid to talk to anyone, I never even learned their names. Then the next year girls started to kick me and pull my hair, and some of them actually scared me..so much. I was terrified of them! And after the years went by..the bullying didn.t completely stop... And even though they weren't as bad, I still felt incredibly embarrassed, my confidence had dropped all the way to zero.

It's not fair to be treated like this..we're kids and we deserve to be happy all together, bullying is not right and it should be stopped. And I want to help. I know there are cases much worse than mine, which is why i always try to do the best I can when it comes to this, I suport all the victims because i know what they have been through. LETS STOP BULLYING <3

Mel, 15, NY

I care because I don't any one else being bullied because they have differences and  I know what it is like being bullied I am 25 years old and after 10 years of bullying I am in therapy. so lets take a stand to end bullying for good it beings with you!

Alayna, 25, Chicgao

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