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I care because NO ONE deserves to be bullied. Imagine you in their spot & how they feel. I have been bullied before people called me fat, it actually hurts a lot. They will never know how it feels because they didn't feel like how i felt. 

Rainna, 14, Canada

I've been bullied all my life, and I know what it feels like. It feels horrible knowing that people don't aprove who you are, and it feels even worse that people don't let you be yourself. I care because I know that I am not the only one going through this...there are thousands of other people who feel like I do. I care because bullying is like taking someones life and tear it into pieces little by little until it is totally destroyed. I care because I don't want my life, neither anyone else's to be destroyed futurely because of this.

Samantha, 16, Monterrey, Mexico

I care because I have been bullied in elementary school. I have felt the pain of the mean words and actions of my peers. Each day I had to face them, each day was a nightmare at school. But I do believe for every insult I had endured, it only made me stronger. I concentrated on my school work and followed my dreams of one day becoming a teacher. A teacher that could make a difference in her own students lives. A teacher that made sure that bullying in her classroom is stomped out. 

Agata, 30, Jastrebie Zdroj, Poland

i never had a happy time before i turned 8. my sister alma tries to help me. i understand she was bullied but not by being called fat. i weigh 260 pounds and whenever i walked around my schools hall i saw people point at me and laugh. i dont want this to keep going on. Now im 8  and still bullied but i lost wieght and i have many friends. i dont care anymore me and my friends stand up for eachother and others too.

genesis, 8, florida,hollywood

I will not let my children go through the pain of bullying that happened to me. 

Audrey , 19, Tx

I used to get bullied just about everyday up until high school.  It hurts to be picked on and taunted for so long and not know how to deal with it.  I finally started sticking up for myself in the 11th grade.  I went alot of years depressed and upset but I wrote all my problems out and that somehow helped me release pain.  So please stop bullying because its just not cool plus you wouldn't want someone to bully you.

Chelsea, 18, nc

I was bullyed more than once because of my weight, and I never knew why but as I got older I was getting hurassed and I was so upset that I could go to lunch because I was so scared of the concequences of the boy saying rude things to me and being desturbing.  I was so glad that my friends went to an adult and talked to them about what the person was doing to me.  I never knew that people could be like that.  But my friends were their for me to help me go through it and I didn't have to go through it by myself and I  had a great support system that helped me every step of the way.  I was so scared that I would have to go through it alone but my friends helped me and gave me a shoulder to cry on.  I never new that I could be a target for people to pick on but now I know that bullying is a big thing that is going on in the world.

Melinda, 15, OH

i have been bullied all throughout my 6th grade ,
the reason i was being bullied was because i have red hair
i know it dosnt sound like much but i was being called a ranger
continuisly, and i didnt want to tell anyone because i was embaraced 
of the name but it really hurt,
reading all these storys made me realise how searious this is and i wish with all my hart that we could all work together to stop this !!

ashly, 11, newzealand

I'm one of those "quiet types." And there was this one girl in my class who thought it'd be cool to bully me. She choked me against the wall, gossiped loudly about me in class, and she even had the wits to get her friends involved. I was far away from her seat, keeping to myself. Her and her friends turned around, stared at me, and began talking about me while I was looking right at them. She then walked towards me, leaned very close, and whisperd in my ear words I can't repeat. I fought back tears, b/c those words hurt! Well after class, I ended up fighting her. I've never used violence before, but she wouldn't leave me alone. I ended up getting a severe punishment, she just got a few days out. The school didn't nothing about the bullying, so once again I was being mistreated. Bullying has to go. NOW

Isis, 15, Georgia

i saw two kids get bullied at my school and they both left. Now me and my friends feel left out from the rest of the class and they purposefully leave us out. One time kids were going to play a game and they asked a kid to play who was standing right next to me. They looked at me and just left. Today, they were talking about an end of the year party and they were sitting right next to me and my friends. One of the kids said,"We can invite everybody, well almost everybody..." They looked at us when they said the last thing. Kids don't get that just because i sing and do plays it does not mean i'm not athletic or like girls. People don't get you can be more than one thing. BULLYING NEEDS TO STOP!!!!!

Brett, 13, Pennsylvania

I have been bullyed and told i was a diffrent gender,been told im gay even though im not and have had pictures taken of me so that people can put them on social media for people to make fun of

Spencer, 12, Penslvaina

I've been going through alot i just wish someone could help me i've been teased picked on and made fun of i've been keeping this a secret for a long time and i still am i tried to commit susicide 2 times but cutting my self but it didn't work i've been really depressed about my self whenever PE starts you got to dress in the locker room whenever i had to dress out they would tease me of how my body look's i just wanted to share my story so here it is i lost hope and courage and have very low self esteem due to the harrasment.

Atil, 14, Florida

I've been bullied a lot before and I want to help people who have been in my situation. I want to make a difference in the world and help people. 

Anonymous, 12, USA

I care because now adays many people are bullied,. And once they are bullied, they'll loose their trust in theirselves.They won't have any self confidence at all. It's like they're in a jail and can't get out because if they will they're scared about what people thinks about them. So they prefer being alone and stuff but no one deserves to be alone. We are here to protect each other or accompany each other not to bully if they're simply different among everyone. We are all equal, we're all humans. They should not treat a person which is different. They will never feel good if they are bullied. SO STOP BULLYING.

Rei, 13, Philippines

I know what it was like. I had the strength to make it to today but it wasn't easy. The scars don't go away, you'll never get that time back or do a reset.

Really the only choice you have is to make a commitment today to work toward a better tomorrow.

Fabian, 30, CA

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