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I've moved around a lot so I am not able to keep many friends. That means I have to make new ones. But so far, everywhere I go, someone has a problem with me! I have no idea why! I am a very sensitive person who never stands up for themself! I know that's bad, but it's true. I am always afraid of what the end result might be. The sensitive side of me reacts to when people hate me! I give people no reason to dislike me, yet they do. It hurts a lot! Sometimes I will go home and cry for hours wondering what I can do to make it all better! I really don't think there is a solution! People are just this way because it's who they are! But I don't want to be hurt anymore! The rumors spread and people shun me out. I just want to live a happy life without any worries about watching my back!

Jessica, 16, NY

No matter how badly people treat you never drop to their level, just know you're better and walk away.I survived bullying, so let's work together so one else has to ever declare this again. 

Belem, 17, New Mexico/Las Vegas

I was bullied all throughout middle school and it was unbearable. I was humiliated everyday by my classmates and I felt so helpless and defeated. Although it hurts to remember that experience, it has also made me stronger person today. It pains me to hear of how many kids are being bullied today and how many are committing suicide because of it. To anybody out there who is being bullied: remember that you are a beautiful person and whoever is hurting you probably hates himself/herself inside that they can only get confidence by criticizing you. Bullying is cruel and hurtful and it needs to stop right now! 

Melissa , 17, WI

i always been bullied

esme, 15,

I know how it feels to be lieft out and ignored, Girls at school even write things about me on washroom stalls. I tell adults but no one reacts. So I care beacause I think kids and teenagers need to be heard and helped so that they can feel better about themselves,not less. And so they can be happy, not upset. I think people need to be HEARD.

Madeline, 11, Toronto, Onatrio

Kids or even adults who like to bully have their own crucial moments wherein they don't know how to deal with that problem. They are angry with their parents, siblings or even the world and they like other people to suffer too just like them. If you are being bullied, the only way to help yourself and the one that bullied you is to seek help. I know it will sound weird, but they, too, need love and understanding.

CL, 24, Philippines

Being bullied in jr. high school affected my life forever. I learned to have compassion for people who are different. I was laughed at and teased for being the tallest girl in a school of 3000 plus. I still remember the hurt. There should be classes to teach compassion, inclusion and understanding of others differences. It's just as important as reading, writing and arithimatic.

Susan, 65, CA

because we need to stop because there are many people who love to pick with peolpe and i be pick one becuse of my speech... and i will stand up to bullyings

markist francis, 14, la laffettet

I care because humans do NOT deserve to be bullied. Everyone is equal. I think that we should all "treat others how you want to be treated." Follow the Golden Rule, and sign the petition! Why should someone get bullied because they're "weird?" They're only "weird" because you aren't used to it. If we all expected the worst, we would be pleasnlty surprised, and not bully anyone. 
Girl: OMG you didn't wear pink like I told you to! I wanted to MATCH! Besides, blue looks so ugly on you.
SOLUTION: OMG, blue? That's, like, the BEST color ever! I love that color too! We're like cotton candy. 

See the difference? 

Anyways, I hope this message gets through to everyone. 

Seren, 12, Virginia

When I was 6 years old, I was bullied everyday of my life. I grew up hating myself so I got addicted to cutting myself by the age of 10. I stopped for a while, but I relapsed just this year and started cutting again. Bullying can actually ruin peoples' lives. It ruined mine.

Jonina, 16, Philippines

at my school I'm hosting my own Unity Day and all the kids will wear orange shirts. Also at my fall festival I'm sell orange candy's and cookies, then donating all the money to this organization.   

Jessica , 13, Ketuckey

It breaks my heart that people get bullied,including me. I don't understand why people think its ok to hurt someone from the inside and out.I never want anyone to have to face bullying. we are all different. Everyone judges someone even if they don't know the person. You should get to know someone before hating on them.Bullying is a very serious thing in this world. If you see someone getting picked on in school or out of school you should take a stand and help them[or even go get help]. I know its not easy doing that but it makes a big difference for the person. also it makes you feel like you have done the right thing and not be the one just watching, doing nothing about it. Make a stand. I have come to realization that i can't keep letting people bully me or others. Its not right. I am taking a Stand!!!!!!DO THE RIGHT THING!!!

Ana, 15, Ga

i see bullying at my school and it makes me feel like theres no good in the world, so i told a techer and i never saw the bully bully someone again i,m proud of doing that

augusta, 10, alabama

I'm very insecure with myself now. I've always been picked on by the mean, popular girls because it's one of their "rules." If you're not mean to Falon, you get kicked out of the group. They turned a lot of people against me, and now I only have one friend. I hate school because of these girls. I've expirienced everything from cyberbullying to being beat up, and the teachers do nothing. So I feel bad for anyone else who gets bullied. No one deaserves this.

Falon, 13, LA

I have been always bullied.  Everybody in the shool laugh about me and my friend. They make me a lot of jokes about my face or gestures. I can't resist anymore, now  I'm always depressed, I don't feel secure with my face and body, so I never wear skirts or dresses cause I'm afraid about other people, I think they will laugh about my aperance. Now I don't have friends, nobody talk to me, they just laugh. I 'm always alone and the teachers look at me and they believe that I'm werd. I CAN'T RESIST ANYMORE!!! I don't know what to do, I have been thinking on cut mysel but I resist!!! I need help!!!

Tania, 15, CA

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