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I care because my best friend has dealt with bullying ever since elementary school because he was different. He goes to a christian school, and is bullied because of the MUSIC he likes. Because he's into art and not sports, and now his best friend is being bullied. The other football players intentionally hurt him in practice just because he's friends with my friend. I myself have never really been bullied, but he's always telling me how bad his day was because of the other guys. They said something about his music, or how he dressed. The teachers do nothing about it. Heck the teachers seem to agree with it. I'm sick of it. All I want is to see my best friend happy again. This is supposed to be a christian environment, but it seems to be worse there. Two of my friends are being bullied because the minds of these people are sick and twisted and they can't accept people who are different. And I want it to change.

Brittany, 14, AL

Bullying isn't a very easy thing to get rid of. More than 50% of students are bullied every year. But with the help of the community, our school board, and the students we can end bullying. I have been in your shoes, bullying was something I couldn't bear in 6th grade. So everyone do your part and end bullying!

Sam, 13, South carolina

I cant stand being bullied, I am in Middle school and I dont think I can take much more of this, one girl came up to me and yelled "You know what would make life better for me and you?" And I said "What?" And she yelled "YOU OUT OF IT" I thought long and hard would life be better with out me? Possibly 

Brianna, 12, CA

Its the Little things we don't notice, like cuts, like bruises, like feelings. These little things that we don't notice. But yet we do. Stand up for bullying 

It's The Little Things, 15, Unknown

It's not fair to treat others diffently 

Richie, 11, Ontario,Canada

.......do I care anymore? Is it normal to feel so alone on your birthday? Is it normal to feel alone everyday where ever you go? Is it normal to feel like you just want to leave everything behind? For me it is. I haven't felt happiness in so long I've forgotten what it feels like. But....I know for a fact that there are many others in the world who deserves better, who needs happiness. I want to say, don't lose faith...there could be others like you and you wouldn't know it. Don't worry, you're not alone. I care because I want to help others not go through the same life I have.

Elizabeth , 15, California

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

At my school, there is lots of bullying. It really makes no sense to me because the people who are getting bullied are be themselves or minding their own business. and those kids are called weird and stupid. I stick up for those people because they don't deserve that. I mean do they really deserve being teased for being themselves? I don' think so.Even if you don't like them or think they are weird, don't point it out, let them be themselves and keep opinions to yourselves. Also, all of those bystanders out there. If you see bullying, stick up for the person being bullied. You know its wrong and you can't just stand there and let it happen. If needed, tell a trusted adult. PLEASE STOP BULLYING!!!!!

Megan, 13, Michigan

Bullying also exists in college.  I was often teased in college for not being one of the " Popular " "Jocks" and "Gossip."  I was made fun of for just being myself, and it really hurt me badly.  I graduated from college and I have not participated in alumni activities ever since leaving after graduating.  No one in any school level should have to go through the garbage that I went through.  

Anonymous, 29, USA

me and 1 of my best friend had got bullyed before it was hard to even think about coming to school every day.

jalynne, 10, piqua

I dont want others to make themselves feel invisible like the people they bully and I feel the urge to speak up for the bullied.

Mckinleigh, 12, louisiana

im against bullying because i always have been bullied. i didn't really understand at first that thats what was happening. i mean on tv everyone poortrays bullying as physical abuse and thats not always the case. i was verbally abused for two years before i really understood it. i hated myself. and i sortof still do. when i was younger i had this best friend. she was sooo sweet and always hungout with me. but one day she came over talking about her friends that were gonna jump me because im ugly or something. i started crying because she said she wasnt going to help and that they were right. after that i was beat up alot and even after i moved away it still happened. my family is going through a rough spot becuase i was in trouble for truancy. i was too scared to leave my house. i hate myself because i let it get to me. im not the kind of person who lets that stuff happen but i did. and even worse i stopped doing what made me happy. i love to be on stage and sing and dance. but i was too scared. 
im against bullying and im taking a stand. noone should go through what i have and i want to help make sure noone does! 

mikayla, 15, MI

I care cause I have been bulied from the tine I was  5 and these girls still wouln't STOP.I told them to and I even spoke to the Principal and they still would NOT stop. It was an on and  off  friendship and whatever those two girls did they rubbed it in my face. I wasn't jelous but I was still being bulied by them, and they said  I'm a jerk for not inviting them to my birthday party (that was just with my family) I just want to stop BULLYING. We even had a police man talk to us about the issue and I just hope they STOP everywhere.Cause it's causing death to other people :(

Nicole, 14, CA

Bullying is NEVER okay anywhere! Not even cyberbullying, sexual harassment, physical and verbal bullying, public humiliation, and many others. I might be able to stand uo to end bullying in many places around the world. I can change what's happening in my school.

Malu, 14, Florida

i am froom brazil,e voc mandou bem fazendo o site,to do seu lado,te adoro.  (English) - I am from Brazil, and you have done very well making this site, I'm on your side, I adore you.

isa, 11, sp

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