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"I'm constantly being picked on by people because of my past and the people I hang out with. I haven't had the courage to stand up formyself so I'm lucky I have friends to stand up for me. If you know someone who is being bullied, you should help them because it's a scary situation to be in and you don't know what it is like to be bullied."

Kenny, 15, NJ

i have not been bully before but one of my friends did when i saw that i felt bad for and i talk to the kids that was bullying  her to stop and i said to them treat people the you want people to treat you after that my friend now know how to stand up for her self and other people

cece, 12, naples

I hate bullying  because it hurts other kids feelings

Kimira, 13, 285 bronx new york

I care because I was once bullied. This girl would always pick on me everyday. I hated being bullied. I felt like a nobody. Others must have been treated even worst. She would push me around. One day she said to me in gym"Do you want me to hit you with the ball or with my fist."I said neither because I was afraid of what was gonna happen next. I was scared then now I am not. But now she teases other kids. I am in middle school. But I never forgot I will always have friends by my side. They will always be there fort me till I can deal with my own problems I can now but it's hard to be all alone. And I will always be by there side no matter what happens in life. You should never ever bully someone else. 

Lexi, 13, New York

No one in this world ever deserves to be bullied and brought down by people. And no one deserves to hold in all those situations that have happened to them. If you are being bullied open up and talk about it.I know it is hard to do but you are not alone. Others get bullied and know how you feel. People love you and will listen to you and be there for you. Stand up against bullying today.  

Jessica, 19, MIchigan

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

It breaks my heart to see individuals hurting. Nobody deserves to be driven into sadness or anger. I've experienced bullying first hand throughout elementary school, middle school, and high school. It drove me to the point where I left public school to become home-schooled. I never understood why I was so bullied, why these girls were so mean to me. However, what I know now is that I want to help others. I want to help people understand that they are beautiful; that they are valuable and loved; that they deserve all the happiness and beauty in the world. I want them to know that they have power in their minds, thoughts, bodies, and words. I want them to know that they're not alone. This goes for the bullied AND the bullies out there.

Lyzza, 22, San Francisco, CA

I was A VICTIM OF BULLYING 
IT HURT ME I WAS AFRAID SO I WROTE A POEM FOR MY SCHOOL ANTI BULLYING COMPETITION; 
hopeless
i feel hopeless 
the sneers
the glares 
keep strong i say
i go to my friends 
they turn away i ask why
scilence 
they turn back 
only to say 
go away 
i sit down
only to be tourmented
they laugh at me
nothing works 
all  hope is lost

*******, 12, london

I agree with everyone else

Tahya, 14, Maryland

In seventh grade I thought that life was great and that the world was fine but that slowly changed. At first the year was great and I had tons of friends and was even considered one of the "popular" girls. Then one day everything changed. Out of no where all of my "friends stopped talking to me and I didn't know what I did wrong so I kept hanging out with them. One day we were all sitting at lunch and they started picking on me, insulting my clothing and how i looked, so I got up and left. I thought my "best" friend would follow me but she just sat there and laughed with the rest of them. I felt really alone but pretended that it didn't effect me. I stopped going to lunch and would just sit in the library at that time, then I stopped eating all together. One day my "best" friend walked up to me and asked what was wrong and when i told her that I didn't want to talk to her anymore she said she and her friends were going to jump me after school. I had to call my mom during class and ask her to come pick me up because i was so scared. They didn't jump me but everyday they would push me in the hall and slam me into lockers, even knocking my books down the stairs. My mom went to the principle and stuff but they didn't do anything so my mom pulled me out and i now go to school online

Hallee, 15, Unknown

I think I can make a difference. If more people cared, maybe it would change.

Ashley, 14, PA

I get bullied. It's painful to know that other students at school are only focusing on my flaws. Sometimes I even end up hating going to school because I start thinking something terrible is going to happen to me.

jenna, 13, IL

I was bullied for just being me wich is so unfair i want it to stop for every one 

anyssa, 15,

I'm always trying to defend friends against bullying.

Genesis, 11, SC

I care because I have been bullied for two years. It's mostly been because of boys, jealousy and catty fights, but it has driven me in depression, and made me feel ways that no one should have to feel. I also care because three of my close friends were friends with Pheobe Prince, and this makes her story really hit home for me. I want to help prevent bullying, something that happens often in my school, and I plan on starting a club this coming year to promote awareness and to prevent other kids from being affected the way I was. RIP Pheobe. You have made a difference.

mary, 16, CT

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