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I get bullied and I know how feels THE END OF BULLYING ENDS WITH YOU. 

Kian, 10, California

At my school I see bullying to only a select few. No one ever stood up for them for the longest time. When I finally did it felt amazing to help. I only saw those who I helped, I wished to help even more. So I created a compliment box. No everyone in my school has a facebook or twitter so I knew I couldn't create some hting anonymous online. There is a buletin board in my teacher's room. I have a box that people will put a complimet to some one. No one ever really knows who their compliment is from but it's nice to know some one cares, especially on the painfully hard days. I stareted this a month or two ago and I still get compliments from the box. I was terrified that every one would just make fun of my idea... my history teacher even thought it wouldn't work out. I proved him wrong and I don't just stand there and be a bystander anymore. I help those in need. Although I make mistakes on what comes out of my mouth, I can't take it back yet I always try to help.

Laura, 13, MI

I care because I have been bullied because of my height and I know of people who have also been bullied. It crushes my heart, this needs to stop. 

Alexsandra, 18, Illinois

I was bullied once before too, and I know how it felt. It really hurts my  feelings., emotionally. Those bullies said bad things about me. They made rumours about me. :( I'm really SAD cause I thought they were really my real friends but they turn out to be fake, fake "friends" I really prefer to have no friends to having fake ones. 
don't suffer in silence, speak UP for Yourselves. 

Gladwin, 13, SG

I have bullied many times. I have been yelled at, shouted at, even excluded from groups. It feels very very bad. That is why I care. Everybody should care too. If you don't care try caring. 

Rupoyu, 11, Roswell, Georgia

Bullying is wrong. Bullying puts people down. It keeps them from being able to show there full potential. Not only the victim but the bully as well. I wanted to take a stand bu=eczuse I know that it is not okay. I thaught if I took a stand it might make someone else take a stand. Than someone else, and so on. Until finally everyone knows and bullying may begin to stop. Stay strong!

Madison, 12, IL

every child should have the right to attend school in a safe and respectful educational environment. Children can be so cruel to one another. They need to be taught tolerance and kindness at home so it becomes second nature to them in all walks of their lives. School should be an exciting place for children to go to, not something they fear. 

Marjorie, 63, White Plains, New York

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.

Alyssa Rose, 14, Dipolog City, Philippines

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

Bullying can make people want to hurt themselves and make people mad. 

Alex, 12, north georgia

i have been bullied my whole life. I know how it feels to fell like there is nothing for you, and that you don't have future. i have tried suicide a lot. i always had my friends to stop me i have very few friends but the ones i do have r loyal. i am so loyal to them. All the bullying did was give me bad depression i self harm a lot. my friend jacob that i have kept him from killing himself many times. it feels good to know that u don't have to be famous to make a difference or to save a life all you need is to be kind and a good friend. my dream is to help people. i always get emails say how fat ugly stupid and worthless i am. it hurts really bad, but i use that bad energy to help my friend and i feel like i can help a lot of people. have an amazing day.

morgan, 14, oregon

  I care about bullying because I was bullied myself in school from Kindergarten to the twelve grade. The bullying started when I first started elementary school and it didn't end until I graduated from high school. I was constantly teased and harassed everyday when I went to school. 
  I was bullied physically, verbally, mentally, and emotionally. I was teased and picked on for everything for the way I looked and how I acted. It wasn't easy to go through what I went through in school. I was called many low down names in school on a daily basics. I was picked on about from my face features to my body features. I was teased for being different from the other students because I was quiet and smart in school. Other students used to put their hands on me and they would hit, slap, and push me around on a constant basics. 
  The name calling, teasing, and physical abuse continued from grade to grade and it got the best of me at times. At first the bullying and teasing did bother me a lot but after a while I got used to it because it became a normal daily thing for me. I went through a lot in school with the bullying, teasing and harassment but I made it because I had people to support me and encourage me through this period of my life.

Daryl, 23, South Carolina

My son will start kindergarten next year, and I do not want him or any child to be subjected to the same kind of misery I went through as a target of bullying.  Changing the bully-or-be-bullied mentality will make our schools safer, our children happier, and us parents less worried.  

Greg, 41, IL

First grade through fourth grade I was bullied and everyday I came home crying my eyes out. My mom and the school didn't believe me, but one day my mom saw it happen. She tried to get the school involved but they wouldn't so she pulled me out of private school and put me in public school. I'm still bullied sometimes but it's not as bad as it was. I have a lot of friends now. No one believed me at first and it was horrible. I feel for everyone whose being or been bullied. Every time you see someone being bullied, Help. Even if you don't like the person, you need to stand up. Would you want to be bullied every day of your life and no one stand up or help you? Think about it.

Maggie, 16, Arkansas

My friend is being bullied and the fact that they make her feel like trash is just not supposed to be a way of life

Natalie, 14, New Jersey

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