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I care because I been bullied ever since 3rd grade maybe younger then that. I recently had depression and anxiety and I go to counseling because kids are cruel they make fun of the way I dress my weight everything.

Marissa, 17, Pennslyvania

my name is emily, and i am 13 years old i have been bullyed since i was 12 years old in 6th grade! and i have since then started cutting! gave myself an eating dissorder and have become slightly suicidal! i hate my life, and i hate school! other girls make me feel like crap! they treat me differently becuzz im shy, fat, and ugly! and they tell me thoose things! people write nasty notes to me flip my lock, vandilize my locker..etc.!i hate going to school, leaving the house! and just plain out going anywhere! i am a total loner! and my boyfriend makes my school life better, but Demi Lovato makes my whole life better she helps me forget about all the bad things in my life!! thank you demi!

Emily, 13, michigan

I've been bullied for as long as i can remember, whether it was because of my weight,height, or some other ridiculous thing that i couldn't prevent,i always remembered how that felt and how badly i felt about myself because of the relentless bullying, NO ONE SHOULD EVER HAVE TO FEEL LIKE THAT!That is why i care.

breanna, 16, new york

I have delt with bullying ever since I started going to school with other students, at first I was in third grade and there were differant groups I was in my own little group of one I was alone all the time I got called names and tried to stay away from people. I went back to homeschooling during 4th, then I went to a public school in 6th grade I was pointed out and picked out by bullies I was verbally and physically bullied I didn't have any friends I was the kid who got along with the teachers only, when I went to 7th I had made a few friends I argued with one of them all the time and I still do then in 8th I dicovered cutting I cut everyday trying to take out my emotions that I kept bottled up everyday then I started becoming annarexic I would barely eat I convinced myself that I wasn't hungry. Then I went to 9th grade and the first few weeks were fine then one of my friends turned on me she eventually turned the whole school against me I was able to convince a few people that everything she had said about me wasnt true I moved schools in the second semester thats where I met my boyfriend who has  helped me through a lot and is still helping me because I still have people bully me My point is I have had every form of bullying happen to me it has slowed down but I still have the scars of cutting and emotional I am still very selfconscious don't bully its not cool stop!

Megan, 15, Virginia, USA

I've been bullied a lot before and I want to help people who have been in my situation. I want to make a difference in the world and help people. 

Anonymous, 12, USA

I remember I was bullied all through middle school, for being different, and for being tall.. I would hate going to school, but now in high school everything got so much better! I love it! And Hey, my height landed me and interview as a model in a commercial. 

Alejandra, 16, Denver CO

"Sticks and stones will break my bones and words will never hurt me. is a saying that is not true. Most people do care what others say  about them, even if they aren't friends it still hurts if someone says something about you. When ever I'm about to get mad at some i just ask myself, Why should their opinion matter, they dont know me and haven't tried.

Lydia, 12, VT

I was bullied for 2 years by my BEST FRIEND. She called me fat and stupid and ugly and told me all these nasty things, and i started to believe them. And when i would confront her about it she would say she was "just kidding", and she would continue to bully me.. I developed an eating disorder and started cutting too. I felt so alone, alone to the point where i attempted suicide. I am so lucky to be alive, and i have made it a mission of mine to minimize bullying in my area and eventually around the world. If you are reading this and you might be at the point i was, know YOU ARE NOT ALONE. <3

Lauryn, 15, Pennsylvania

I have been bullied my whole life. I live in a small town, and being multi-racial, i was HIGHLY different. I was also HIGHLY bullied. Kids would make fun of me on the bus, at school, everywhere. I have super curly hair, and they would put pencils in it to see how long it would be before I noticed.  They didn't realize how much it hurt. People had told me no one loved me because my father had left when I was super little. As I got older, and prettier, girls started getting jealous. They spread rumors and were just straight up rude. They still are when I win a big pageant. I won the big beauty pageant in my hometown, and there were rumors galore.When I was a freshman, my bullying got to the point that I was physically attacked. I was scared to even go to school by then. I suffered depression, and even resorted to cutting and thought about committing suicide. That is a terrible feeling, and I don't want anyone else to go thru it. Bullying needs to be stopped.

Arianna, 16, Erin, TN

I was bullied by the princpal, the teacher and my peers and I had to switch school my Senio year of High School... and I don't want it to happen it to any one else

Jordan , 17, Florida

One day I walked down the hall and my friend walked past me crying. I asked her what was wrong and she started sobbing and told me how she was being bullied. I had her talk to our wonderful counsler so things were better for her. WE NEED TO CHANGE<3

Marina, 14, WI

I was a victim of bullying all throughout grade school. I was severely bullied. I felt small and not good enough. I had no friends and I felt like an outcast. I'm currently in college. I just want to say, if you are struggling in grade school and feel as if you're not good enough. Just know that you are good enough and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Don't give up.You are special and one of a kind and no one can hurt you unless you let them. Next time you step in the halls of your school know that no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. No one can hurt you unless you let them. I know it's hard to ignore them but just remember you are loved. 

Monet, 24, NY

Bullying hurts people. I know this from my own experience, and from my friends' experiences wirh bullying. I was bullied because I absolutely love reading, people would call me a nerd. I really didnt like it. They even commented on the books i read. Also, boys on my brother's hockey team would make fun of my skating, but truth is, I was just as good as them. And once i showed them that, they stopped. Some of the kids still make fun of my skating, and it hurts. Just because i am a girl. Im just as good as them. Sadly hockey season is over now, but once the ice rink opens again, i will prove myself again. So dont let bullying stop you from doing what you love.

Cassie, 13, Michigan

My daughter is currently being Bullied.  My Pet hate has always been bullied. I have decided to meet with the head of the school to get to the bottom of this.  I dont want to come to a website like this and read one day "  I dont care I cant live with it anymore"  like one of the previous posts here for a 13 year old in Beligium.  That is the age of my daughter!  Its so sad!  I want to get to the bottom of it before it ever gets to that stage!  It makes me so sad and so scared!  I never bullied people at school.  I never allowed it.  But I am a string character.  Some people did try and I did not like it...but I used to face people straight up and say BACK OFF!!!!! usually they did!  But there were always some that were not able to do it...I used to take those kinds under my wing.  I hope I can do the same for my lovely daughter!  She is a good person.  She wont say anything bad about the girl who is bullying her.  Im so proud!  I just hope we can work through this soon xxx  To anyone out there hold out... you will end up being those bullies doctors or something like that one day!  You will be bigger and better!  To the little girl in Belgium be string and talk to an adult.  You are worth so much!  You are the world to someone! xxx 

Bibi, 35, USA

This is the response to a "hey" I sent to someone on chat...."U stupid little girl leave me alone no one likes u so get a life and ya I get that u like me and all but tbh u r annoying ugly and fat so ya"  This happens all the time at school. People are just mean and it makes me sad that I can't have to any friends. it is so bad I want to change schools. I really wish the teachers would open there eyes. 

Lena, 10, Alabama, Guntersville

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