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Nobody deserves to be bullied, and nobody should be bullied. It is just not right and its not fair, so if u see bulling, do something about it. Anything because it needs to stop.

Paige, 12, Nebraska


Madison, 13, IN

"My brother is 16 and has a cognitive disability. All my life I've seen people who bully kids who don't know how to fight back or just straight up cant. I go to school and I see kids with cognitive disabilities who have a frown on their face until I tell them hello and give them a hug, because kids these days and even adults look down on children like my brother with faces that say they don't belong. You can't walk anywhere anymore without getting a dirty look from anyone. I love my brother and I care because cognitive disabilities, Gay, Parentless, and even Homeless kids cant stand for themselves."

Neekole, 18, Walnut, MS

Before I got bullied they teased me and they teased me so bad that I ran home because of it .I used to before I went to shcool Id cry but I had one good freind who went and told the teacher the bullie got in trouble.

Jacob, 11, nz

i used to bully but now i feel sorry for everyone i picked on and hope they forgive me.

april, 12, LA

Emotional hurt is so much harder to fix than physical hurt. Cuts fade to scars, and scars and bruises eventually fade to nothing. Emotional scars we bear forever, in our hate, our insecurity, our self loathing and our fear. Words can hurt more than any blade, and their effects are felt for so much longer. They are harder to forgive, and the hardest to forget. Words are the most dangerous weapon yo
u can arm someone with, and the most damaging when used against another.
But emotional trauma is also the hardest to see. It leaves no finger prints and so it goes unnoticed. You comfort those with physical bruises and marks, but no-one sees the ones with no scars to bear for their pain. No-one notices as the light behind their eyes dims as they realize that no-one will ever recognize their struggle to stay afloat in a world that is slowly pulling them under.

Bullying does more damage when no-one notices, and I am glad that I have people who helped me through the aftermath of mine. Some people who are bullied have no-one, and it should NOT be left to go unnoticed and unpunished when it is noticed.

Raine, 19, UK

it matters

karrah, 14, arkansas

I was really troubled by the story of Phoebe Prince, she was a normal girl, who only wanted to fit in. But bullies hunted her down everyday. As we all know, she comitted suicide. Her life didn't need to end that way, and neither does anyone else's. I think it's really important that we all raise awarness of bullying. We can't let another victim of bullying go through what Phoebe had too. I really wish I could've been there for her, but now, I'm here for everyone else, and so should you. 

Michelle, 15, MA

I see people get bullied all of the time. I try to make it stop, but I don't want to get "physically involved" in it. Make a stop towards bullying. And if you are one of those people who are being bullied, just talk to someone about it! Make a difference! Tell someone. They can help you make a change. 

Mary, 13, MO

I know how it is... I know how it hurts. That's unnatural. Unnatural because you think people will be nice to you, as it is in home. The expectation pierced hurts, the surprise, the fright is terrible. People being rude and violent to you just 'cause you're not the same way they are... the "correct" way. What the hell, can't you be yourself? Can't you have your own style? What is worst? Being beaten or not having control of yourself, your feelings and opinions? Why loose your time? They don't give this kind of choice.
I went through almost every type of bullying. But what affected me the most was people destroying my dreams and i did nothing.
I remember that I was going to sing in a festival of school, i was so exciting! But i wasn't the only... And for the competition a had to be detonated, so i'd be emotionally scarred, i assumed. The worst is that they succeeded. Since that i don't really believe in myself singing. I'm so insecure, my voice just hangs when i'm not alone. I don't know what to do! Music is my life, but bullying destroyed that. I feel weak to not overcome this situation, but i do nothing for that.
And nowadays people just don't accept the way i am. 

Ingrid, 15, RJ

I am against bullying when i see it i stand up for them not justthere and watch one day a little second grader was pushing this little boy up against a brick wall that day i had to stand on the wall and wasnt aloud to get off but i had to because i saw someone bullying and i told them to stop then i went to a teacher he stoped the whole thing . I am against bullying

lauren, 10, piqua

I was a victim of bullying. Between the years of Kindergarten and the 7th grade I was teased, taunted, and tortured. I'm currently in the 11th grade and the words once said to me have scarred me for life. The words play back in my mind like a constant cycle that is never ending. I've been permanently damaged by the words of others. I am a cutter. Self harm has been a part of my life since the 5th grade and I still to this day can not let it go. I call my cuts "battle scars" and I guess I'm still at war. I've suffered from an eating disorder and are now fully recovered. But I still currently suffer from depression. And all of this, because some kids didn't know how much their words hurt...

Esther, 16, Maryland

I care because when you watch the news and hear that a kid killed themselves due to the affect of bullying, it sad. The bystanders claim they saw nothing. Unfortunatley i guess they dont have the guts to stand up for someone. They couldve saved a life if they spoke up. Its great that marisa, michael, hayley, demi, rj, and kylie are doing something. itsbecause of them that people try to stop bullying. R.I.P every one who was bullied to death, and god bless their families.

Tatiana, 12, NY

reading these stories has really tugged at my heart, knowing that regular people like you and I go through bullying everyday is heartbreaking. I remember back in fourth and fifth grade I would get bullied because I was breakable and I didn't know how to respond to hurtful words or mean girls. I take a look back and see how much things have changed for me and how I rarely let things get to me. Don't let small meaningless words get to you, don't let words like that define who you are. You must define yourself, you are your own person. Most importantly you cannot let people treat you lower than you are. They are insecure of themselves and bringing other down builds up their self-esteem. One day you will overcome this, maybe not now but you will. You are on this planet for a reason, you can't let others put you down, its unhealthy. Remember actions speak louder than words. Good luck!

Hannah , 15, PA, United States

I'm one of those "quiet types." And there was this one girl in my class who thought it'd be cool to bully me. She choked me against the wall, gossiped loudly about me in class, and she even had the wits to get her friends involved. I was far away from her seat, keeping to myself. Her and her friends turned around, stared at me, and began talking about me while I was looking right at them. She then walked towards me, leaned very close, and whisperd in my ear words I can't repeat. I fought back tears, b/c those words hurt! Well after class, I ended up fighting her. I've never used violence before, but she wouldn't leave me alone. I ended up getting a severe punishment, she just got a few days out. The school didn't nothing about the bullying, so once again I was being mistreated. Bullying has to go. NOW

Isis, 15, Georgia

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