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I WAS BULLIED IN FIRST AND SECOND GRADE. FOR STUPID LITTLE REASONS, LIKE NOT BEING ABLE TO PORNOUSE THE WORDS WONDER WOMAN. AFTER THAT, I BECAME A BULLY. THE TRUTH IS, BULLIES MAKE BULLIES. IN THIRD GRADE, I STARTED SWEARING AT THE KIDS WHO MADE FUN OF ME WHICH ONLY MADE IT WORSE. IN FOURTH GRADE I MADE FUN OF THIS KID WITH MY "FRIENDS" BECAUSE OF STUPID REASONS SO SMALL, I DONT EVEN REMEMBER. AND IN FIFTH GRADE, I FINALLY BROKE DOWN ONE NIGHT AND TOLD MY MOM WHAT HAPPEND AND THAT I SWORE AND ALL THAT. I WASNT A BULLY ANYMORE IN FIFTH GRADE. BUT IN SIXTH GRADE, ME AND MY FRIENDS BULLIED THIS ONE GIRL BECAUSE SHE ALWAYS ANNOYED US. WHEN I LOOK BACK AT IT, SHE WAS ONLY TRYING TO MAKE FRIENDS. MY ONE FRIEND TOLD ME SHE HEARD THAT THE GIRL CRIED EVERYDAY BECAUSE SHE DIDNT HAVE ANY FRIENDS, WHICH SHE HEARD FROM HER PARENTS TALKING TO THE GIRLS PARENTS. SO, I TOLD MYSELF I WILL NOT BULLY ANYMORE. BUT THE TRUTH IS- BULLIES MAKE NEW BULLIES. AND ONCE YOUR A BULLY, YOU CAN NEVER GET THAT NAME TAKEN AWAY. SOME PEOPLE MAKE IT A LIFES CHOICE TO BULLY. BUT NOW IN 7TH GRADE, I WONT. I WILL DEFEND MYSELF, BUT I WILL NEVER AGAIN BE A BULLY- I PROMISE.

Sabrina, 13, IL

I was bullied a lot before highschool, by someone who I thought was my friend. I didnt have anyone to stand by me while being teased, I didnt have a friend to comfort me. I use to cut, and I contemplated suicide, and attempted it, twice. After I got out of middle school, I left my bully "friend" behind. I realized how much I would've missed if I committed suicide. I would have never of met my real friends and I would have devestated my parents. I have been through so much teasing, and it hurts me so much to see other people being bullied, especially to the point of feeling theres no way out except to take your own life. That is why I care

Allison, 16, NY

my son was bullied from elementary school to the present (9th grade). He is now in an alternative school at night and hates it. He justs wants to be like every other kid. He hates it so much, he wants to go back to the high school where he was being bullied, even though he knows it will continue. I feel helpless to stop this nightmare. I too was bullied in school and fought back against my attackers, both verbally and physically, for years and it wasn't till I left that school, that it all stopped.
I wish I could help my son to stop the abuse, but he says I would just make matters worse for him.

Bonnie, 42, New York

No one and i mean no one should be bullied i care because iv been through it and in all honesty i don't think its fair to people to be put down called names ect. People are different if we were all the same then this world would be so boring everything and everyone doing the same thing day after day.I care because im a caring person also because i know hpow it feels to be builled it makes you feel horrible people should be there own people and not someone who someone says for you to be. Be yourself and be pround to be yourself remeber the only person you should be trying to impress is your self.

Jason, 15, VIC

Bullying hurts and it should be stopped.

Joe, 12, WV

This has happened to me before, I remember when I saw this girl and she saw me and I was her target. I was often called fat by her. I was a bit overweight and it was my weak spot. That's why I  was scared to go to races and anything that could show that I was a bad runner and that I was overweight.  I used to go to school with my stomach  sucked in and I used to run to the bathroom and take deep breathes befor eI held in my stomach. I used to do it soo much that now I  am used to it.  But it never felt good. BULLIES HAVE NO RIGHT, THEY NEVER DO AND THEY NEVER WILL.  Slowly we can help 1 bully at a time to make schools and mre a better place. 

Sophia, 10, Ab

stand up to the person show ur true colors tand tell how u feel.

dezmond , 14, rochetster

Everybody join me and stop bullying around the world.

Marcus, 11, Johnson creek WI

I don't think my principle doesn't like me because I have special needs and need help.  She always excludes me from events at school and does not speak to me.  She makes things up to exclude me that are not true.  I was bullyed by another kid who use to hit me and other girls in our class.  My lip bleed.  I had bruises on my arm. Because my family told on her she now excludes me from things.  

She refused to let me audition in the school talent show.   She said I did not turn in my forms. That was not true.   She won't let my 5th grade class come to the play I am in about bullying at our local theater this month.  Me and a 4th grader are in the play.  The 4th grade classes get to come see the 4th grader in the play but not the 5th grade class.  I am in the 5th grade.  They say the teacher made a mistake.  I won a contest for writing an essay for a language program.  I was suppose to present it to my class but I was not allowed to.  Sometimes it's not only children who bully it can be teachers, principles and children.  No matter who it is it hurts.  

Lana, 10, St. Paul, MN

I was a bullying victims. Most of people will say that, right? I used to be one when I was in high school. But, now it's the time to not trapped in that ugly phase of life. Let's be and help those who are not just stand, stare and feel that someone deserve to bullied because they deserve it. Let's be one of those who ask "Are You Okay" or "Can I help You?" to another who is potentially being bullied. Just simply asking that, I believe, it's gonna make the others feel more secure because at last someone is care to them. I care because nobody deserve to be bullied because nobody deserves bad things happen in their life. And please don't be those people who wants to be powerful and seems big by making others feel small and inferior

Fadilah, 20, Indonesia

i care because ive seen people and once before have been bullied a bit. im not sure if its counted as bullying because it only happned a few times but it was by the same person. im sick of people around me being bullied and i want it to just end.

annonymusguy97, 15, Illinoise Rockford

I care because i've read all of these other comments and i've cried my last tear because not only have i got bullied but i've bullied people. Some of the people i have bullied those people did the same thing some of the people in the comments has done but they have cut themselves, or even killed themselves. I care because bullying is not okay, people being bullied breaks my heart and now I will become one of those people who will break this awful chain of disapointment and dispair i'm not just going to be a bystander.        

Shelby, 12, ALABAMA

i was bullied since 3rd grade and i know the pain.   i was little over weight in school and alot of people made fun of my weight and i was slower in my education skills it took me a longer time to think about stuff.   i have been kick punch push stab  i had broken bones i have scars.  i had no friends i was a loner.  i was in the 8th grade i met this old man and he saw my cuts my scars and he told me son what happend i told him my story and he look at me and said son do me a fovor and never give up  he told me that i was the bigger man and after our talks i felt better of who i am.  everyday i would go to school and i would sit by myself and do nothing trying to hide from people  one day i brought my guitar and i wrote a song about my life of been bullied.  if i had any advice for people out there getting bullied tell your parents tell your friend tell someone  stand up head high and be who you are and dont let bullying take over you .

cody, 18, boerne tx

c, even friends make a difference... u can 2

Pearl, 14, Canada, Calgary

i care because i used to get builled and yeah i did self harm but a few years after that i became the bully and after a few months of being the bullie i thought back to the time when i was being builled and i changed my ways 

Deazia, 14, indiana

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