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I have been a bully. I bullied a girl on the school bus after school every day in 6th grade because that was my way of dealing with problems at home, and just a few weeks ago, i saw her facebook status, saying how she wanted to kill herself. and i felt awful knowing that i was one of the causes of her considering suicide. if she actually went through with it, i don't think i could've lived with myself. i felt disgusted that i didn't have the respect to not put her down and tease her all the time. so i messaged her and apologized for everything i've done. we're now friends. she didn't commit suicide and i am so thankful for that. but it's sad how someone killing themselves is what it takes to open the bully's eyes on how serious this can be. if you're being bullied, there is hope. you're perfect just the way you are and there's no excuse for anyone to bully you in any way.

Tabitha, 15, Ohio

Some stories I hear are people who have been bullied for years and years. I've only been bullied for a year. Yet, I am so affected by it. I was just talking to my friend over texts and all of a sudden a girl started to text me from their phone. I've been called ugly, anorexic, manly, a fish, easy, and they told me I should kill myself. Then she gave my number to her friends who then started to also call and text me the same thing. Bullying hurts. And all I needed was someone to talk to.

Hannah, 13, Massachusetts

So-far in my  life i have seen people bullied and abused by others who mistreat them just because they can. I have seen gay kids beat up, and what some like to call nerds forced to do home work and beat down upon to the point where they may have drawn blood or broke a bone. I cant stand the fact that people no matter what there age feel that can take advantage of others and do what they please. At my high school i was the cool kid, the kid that got all the girls, got good grades and was a pretty good athlete. I was popular you could say, yet i would hang out with those that were bullied and mistreated. Most of these kids were really my friends , but i hung out with a lot of them to make sure that no one would harm them. No one messed with me, so no one messed with them. To the kids that bully, we are all people and to be on the other end of stick or to be the one bullied can effect your life in a dramatic negative way. To make someone live with fear and hatred in there hearts, where joy and happiness should be just ant right. Just remember that karma makes its way around and hits you 10x. To those that are bullied hang in there and don't take any abuse from no one, get help because there are people out there who can help. Last to those like me who watch from a far, help them.

Scott Rose, 18, Monsey New York

When i was still a little kid I was bullied for being muslim, I was bullied because my language to them was "Stupid". I never told my parents or anything like that because I knew that if i did they would inform the principle and it would get worse because they never gave up if you lectured them. It was all verbal and even though there was no physical it hurts. When ever I see someone get bullied I remember everything that happened and the hardest thing is..when I try to help I get bullied instead.

Meral, 12, Saudi arabia

because no one deserves to feel alone. people can be horrible and everyone deserves someone to vent to and stand up for them so they don't feel alone or not worthy. i care because i've experienced it and it is horrible, it's the worst and it needs to stop. start making a difference by holding someones hand when they need it, it will really help.

Kirbey, 14, Salem, OR

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Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014

Governor Mark Dayton signed the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act into law on April 9, 2014. Now, the important collaboration between students, educators, administrators, and parents begins as schools develop safer learning environments for every child in the state.

Julie Hertzog, Director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, said, “Bullying has negatively impacted too many students for too long. Now that this law is in place, educators will have resources to address the behavior and students and families will know that they have the right to be safe at school.”

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Posted: Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Spanish translations are now available for the following informational handouts:

Notificando a los Administradores Escolares de Inquietudes Sobre el Hostigamiento
(Notifying School Administrators of Harassment Concerns)
Ten steps for a parent to take in reporting bullying to school

Notificando a la Escuela Acerca de un Incidente de Bullying Mediante el Uso de una Carta – Formulario
(Notifying the School About a Bullying Incident - Using a Template Letter)
Guides for parents when writing a letter to their child’s school. These letters contain standard language and “fill in the blank” spaces so the letter can be customized for the child’s situation.

Plan de Acción Para el Estudiante en Contra del Bullying and ¡Tu Plan de Acción en Contra del Bullying!
Your Action Plan Against Bullying!
A student action plan is an opportunity for students – either on their own or with their parents and teachers – to develop a strategy to prevent the bullying that is happening to them or someone else.

Posted: Tuesday, March 04, 2014

PACER Center is proud to support Special Olympics and Best Buddies in celebrating "Spread the Word to End the Word" day which raises awareness about the hurtfulness of the r-word. PACER’s “Peer Advocacy” program offers resources to protect students with disabilities from being bullied.

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PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center is excited to announce our new partnership with SurveyMonkey Contribute and a new way for anyone to give thier support! Sign up and you will receive surveys by e-mail from SurveyMonkey customers who need your opinion. For every survey you take, SurveyMonkey will donate $0.50 to PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center, and you'll get a chance to win $100 in an instant-win game.

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 PACERís Kids Against Bullying initiatives.