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so many people are bullied acroos the world, its so frustrating when you dont feel you can say something to anyone or the bulling will just get worse.  Im a red head so ive been through almost every name a person  can get, ranger, ginger nigjar, period head, they're are just a spot of what us read heads have to put up with.  i used to get treased so much that i would come home in tears every night, but i never felt i could tell my family because if the teachers wont listen or do anything what would they do.  I died my hair a couple of months after i started  at a new school.  My point not only being towards read heads but to everyone,  the things bullies say mite only last 30 seconds a time they say it but it stays in your heart forever!.  I think the worse part is now that i have over come the being bullyed stage is watching people who have just started school getting the same treatment that i have just got rid of.  Ive been talking to them to let them no that someone is always listning and that your never alone, theres always someone who has been through what you have.  we all have blood, we all are people, and we all have feelings.

Danyall, 16, WA

Alot of people who have been bullied or are being bullied now in my school. I hate when I see someone crying because they have been bullied.

Brooke , 13, Pennsylvania

One of my best friends has to be homeschooled now because of bullying. She didnt want to come to school or be at any of the school functions because people kept telling her she didnt belong. She went to the school administrators and they wouldnt do anything about it. Being a bully makes you no better than anybody else. Bullying needs to stop. Now.

Megan, 17, London, Ohio

I definatly know what it is like to be bullied. It is awful, and words cannot describe it. Everyone has suddently turned on you, and you feel worthless, and sometimes people go to the limit and commit suicide. Just yesterday I was cyber bullied on Instagram. Some random kid I don't even know made an account that said, "Kill yourself Drew". At first I was shocked, and I didn't want the same thing to happen to me again. But then all of my freinds stood up for me and told the person to stop. The person kept on insisting that I was fat, ugly, and should just go drink bleach. The person kept on saying that a lot, and I eventually gave into it. I felt worthless, fat, ugly, and just plain awful. That is how I felt in second grade when the boys would call me fat and a piece of junk. Then they would beat me up. No one stood up for me then! Even in second grade I felt like commiting sucicide. My mom was the only person who actually cared since my dad isn't here anymore. She tried to tell the principle and even HE didn't do anythiing about it!! My mom and I were shocked so I eventually changed schools. Since then no one has beat me or called me fat or ugly till yesterday. BUT I am not going to let it get to me. That person can say all of that stuff, but it is just going to make me stronger. always remember that

Drew, 12, California

Hi Everybody,
My best friend and me used to be bullied when I was in elementary school. Then I went to high school and now I'm in my fifth year. Because I used to be bullied, I try now to stop it. When I see that somebody's being bullied I say something or just go to her/him and say that they have to forget everything. 'Cause I know everybody is special in his/her own way. You shouldn't listen to other people. It's the differences between everyone that makes it fun to live, 'cause we can always learn from each other. If we were all the same it would just be boring. Everybody's different and special. And you should always remember that. Always! Bullying isn't cool, everybody should stop immediately. Just think about this: only say or do something to other people if you would like it if they did or say it to you. My parents say this all the time, and it's true. Believe in yourself and know that you can be everything you want to be. Don't care about the others. I know it's hard, because I went through the same things. But I believe that we can change this. With all my love. Evelien xx

Evelien, 15, BE

I know this girl that gets bullied because she is small,ugly,and smart. Its not fair to her.Everyone is beautiful in their own eyes. She should be getting praised because shes smart. Why are they teasing her because of her weight?! She is eleven years old and she is 81 puonds. Its just that all the other kids are like 100+ pounds! And to me that spretty big so they sholdnt be talking about her! The truth is that girl is me....and i know if any of my friends see this they will make fun of me because I posted this.... :( WE NEED TO STOP BULLYING!

Anonymous, 11, TN

I used to get bullied in the 5th grade. I didn't have many friends, and this group of girls kept saying mean things to me. I kept telling people about it and none of them seemed to care. I just told myself to hold on. Then Middle School came, and I made some friends. Their all so suppourtive and really nice to me. Don't get me wrong, my life isn't perfect. But I'm 100 times happier than what I was. If there's one thing I'll promise you, is that it gets better. :)

Megan, 12, Missouri

I've been bullied since I was in 2nd grade! All i was looking for was a simple friend! I'm almost 13 and I've had way too many thoughts of not being alive for my age.. Wanting to die felt right, but it wasn't. No one should feel that! Especially people my age! To the people who texted me, saying you don't like me. You don't like me so much you HATE me. You hate me so much you want me dead. You want me dead so bad you're willing to do it yourself! What kind of a human being does this? Honestly, I asked you what I did wrong, why you hate me so much, you said you don't have a reason. You just liked torchering and tormenting me, FOR FUN! Well guess what?! IT WASN'T FUN FOR ME!!!! I WANTED TO DIE!!! And you didn't care. All you did was go right back to doing it, AGAIN! For 3years!! Well I'm finally saying something! THAT'S ENOUGH!!!!! YOU NEED TO STOP MAKING OTHER PEOPLE FEEL SOO MISERABLE!!!!!!1 

Makayla, 13, FL

My whole life I have been different. My whole life I have been bullied. Every day I would go home wondering what's wrong with me, wondering that if I die if the pain go with it. 

But not anymore. I am sick and tired of being treated like I'm nothing because I'm not, sick and tired of wanting to just take a pill and die. No. I'm not killing myself because of these kids. I have told someone, and now I'm starting to find out who I really am! I like myself, and everyone should too!!! I'm taking a stand so kids like me don't have to face this!!!!

To every kid or teen who is suffering, there is a way to escape this, and it's not death!! All you have to do is tell an adult. Please.... I almost killed myself more than once, I know how it feels. Take a stand. You can make a difference. You ARE NOT what they are telling you you are. Tell someone, and you'll get through this. And then you start to figure out who you really are. 

To those who help victims of bullying, thank you so very much. No one did for me.... People who get bullied need a friend. Who knows? You might save a life. I dreamed of someone like you. To victims of bullying, you are a hero.

Livie, 11, Georgia

I get bullied everyday and i hate it , i really have nothing to look forward to now . I can't even go to school and feel safe 

Tori, 15, Oh

I care because no child should ever be treated in a manner that they could get harmed. And everybody deserves equal rights.

Jomey, 25, Texas

i want bullying t stop because i was bullyied and people called me worthless and that i was nothing and that nobody likes me... it hurt...really bad i never want anyone ever to go through what i did

Lydia, 10, seattle,WA

When I was in high school, six years a go, I was bullied. My bullies made fun of me about my weight and other things. People who I thought were my friends, "stabbed me in the back" by participating in the bullying that others were inflicting on me. It hurt me a great deal because when you feel like your surrounded with hate, you feel that there is no way out, but THERE IS! Even to this day,now that I am 23, I still witness bullying taking place not only in schools, but in the workplace, as well as, other places. I want to help others who are currently dealing with or have dealt with being bullied because I know how it feels. It hurts! and I DON'T WANT these people to believe what their bullies are telling them is true .I want them to know that someone is there for them and that they are going to get through it and they are better then all of this! It's time to take a stand and end this bullying for good! Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Cowardice asks the question: is it safe? Expediency asks the question: is it politic? Vanity asks the question: is it popular? But conscience asks the question: Is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular-but one must take it because it's right." DO NOT GIVE UP!!

Rachel, 23, Virginia

I know what it feels like to be alone, to feel worthless and to be hurt. I've been bullied for 3 years, and the 3 years after that weren't any easier. I got into a depression, I was on the verge of killing myself for a long, long time. I was one of the lucky people that learned to live, I am one of the lucky ones still being alive. But there's so many people out there that don't have the strength I have, and it feels terrible knowing I probably can't help them.

Chaya, 15, The Netherlands

Bullying has life long effects. No one should have to go to school each day and fear being bullied.

Maggie, 42, CO

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