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One person

Posted: 8/28/2015

Broken,shattered,torn
My heart can't take anymore
Heal my soul
This truth needs to be told
Been called stupid,ugly,freak
Made me feel weak

One person can help all
One word please before I fall
Into this land of tears
That holds my tears
And insecurities

By: Jaena

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Bullied

Posted: 8/28/2015

Stop picking on me, please, just leave me alone;

I’ve done nothing to you, I’m just trying to go home.

You might think it’s funny, the kind of clothes I wear,

But I don’t understand why you would even care.

So what if I wear thick glasses because I need help to see,

Because I see clearly you’re someone I hope I’ll never be.

Every time you call me ‘stupid,’ that really hurts me too,

Trust me, you would feel the same if it was said to you.

I might be small and might be weak but that is no excuse,

My body size is something that I just did not choose.

I know I like to spend recess escaping into my books;

It’s unfair that when I try to smile you give me dirty looks.

The bruises on my arm you gave still are black and blue,

I really wish you could see yourself through my point-of-view.

School is a place that I should be able to learn and have fun,

But you took that joy away from me and now I’m left with none.

I don’t have many friends and I feel I don’t fit in,

My whole life I’ve fought a losing battle and for once I’d like to win.

My home life is very hard, and my parents fight each day,

They tell me they don’t love me and they wished I’d go away.

I have nobody I can talk to, and it makes me cry at night,

I hoped school could pull me out of my darkness and finally show me light.

So please, I beg you, leave me be, I feel fragile and distraught,

Because you don’t know a thing about the battles that I’ve fought.

By: Ryan

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Me Eating Lunch Alone

Posted: 8/25/2015

My name is Steven Nieves, I filmed this as a freshman in High School; during my lunch period. That is why you see me eating a bagel. If this video comes across a bit confusing, please continue reading this description. High School was very hard for me. I was bullied pretty much everyday my freshmen year of high school. This moment captured on film was me eating lunch alone. I was rejected by the students, so I ate in the corner.

This video was posted by mistake. When I say mistake, I didn't expect anyone to view it. If you happened to find this, watch closely, I put on a fake smile. My eyes look lost, confused, and I'm also a bit paranoid. I tried so hard to prevent the headlights from shining on me, THAT IS WHY MY LAPTOP WAS OUT FILIMING. I spent most of my days dodging packets of ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, chopped up carrots, oranges, and French-fries. Some days I ate in the bathroom.

I don't have any friends.

I come back to this video once and a while and I'm the only one who can truly see the sadness in my eyes, and face because I relive this moment over and over. Eating lunch alone is probably the worst feeling in the world. Especially when you're sick with depression and anxiety. (you had depression and anxiety?) {I still have it!}

How I was Bullied:

  • Mentally ( name calling low self esteem )
  • Verbally ( name calling / cussed at )
  • Physically ( throwing food at me, and tripping me )

This video has been supported by thousands of people, I appreciate all of you! Ke$ha tweeted "I would sit with you!!" Justin Bieber's Dad, Jeremy Bieber also retweeted a fan tweeting about my video! Thank you guys so much! I love you!

By: Steven Nieves

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Ever been bullied and done bullying?

Posted: 8/5/2015

I have a interesting story... Have you ever been bullied and done bullying before? I have. When people used to call me names and stuff I got really sad. But sometimes I would call another person names too. I never noticed until one day the kid I called names after the other people called me names told me "hey. I know they call you stuff. I know your mad. But please don't take it all out on me." I didn't get it at first. But then I realized that I bullied that kid. I remember that I started crying and asking for forgiveness. "I know it's not easy to forgive me. But please. Can you forgive me? I never noticed that I did that to you." The kid forgave me. He said he knew it was tough and that he would help me react to bullying better by not calling anyone names. Eventually we talked to a teacher and it stoped. But then they started bullying me again. But this time they pushed me and said worse things. When I couldn't take it we had to talk to a teacher. But that teacher didn't do anything about it. We had to talk to seven teachers after that and none would do anything. When we asked the eighth teacher he talked to some people in the staff so the bullying could stop. Finally it did. I don't know what the teachers and the staff did. But it stopped. I was really happy. I wish bullying would just stop. It hurts a lot of people physically and emotionally.

By: Anonymous

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Together

Posted: 7/8/2015

When you first meet someone you don't know what to think
But once a friend their always one
That's what I used to think
Then one day 'it' started
The name calling
The push talking
The ruff tumble
And it was just me

She was my mate
Now I was filled with hate
And it was just me

No-one wanted to be involved
They all looked away and followed her example
Afraid to stand up
Tall and proud
And not be afraid
To fall down
And it was just me

Growing up your told
Tell on the bully
Don't let them defeat you
But then YOUR there
Filled with threats, bets
Dancing around your head
And it was just me

You want to tell
But then you remember like the ring of a bell
Tell and I'll bully you more, and I'll never, ever stop
And it was just me

You stand up
They push you down
With a hand on your chest
The serpent strikes
And it was just me

I went home crying
Thought I was dying
From pain
From hatred
From the bully
And it was just me

Then I visited PACER
And I thought
If you don't fit in, you stand out
A target
A wasp in a bee hive
But that's not a bad thing
You may be nicer
More caring
YOU have to defeat them
The jealous people
Hand in hand
The victims
The pain
The suffering
UNITED
And together we CAN stop them
Because together we CAN do anything
And in an instant
It wasn't just me anymore
It was US
And I wasn't the only one
We will stop bullying
Because it IS all of us
TOGETHER CHANGING THE WORLD

By: Heather

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Depression

Posted: 6/17/2015

Getting bullied is hurtful, scary and depressing. People used to call me fat and swear words. One time in the playground, I was eating my snack and a girl took my lunchbox and put it in the bin and then said " Hey Olivia, we’re playing hide the lunchbox! I’ll give you a hint: It’s dirty and very smelly!" And I knew it must be the bin so I had to put my arm in the bin to get my lunchbox and I was very upset but I didn’t want to tell the teacher because I thought the girl would be even more mean to me. My mistake here was not telling a teacher or adult; don’t make the same mistake.

By: Olivia

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Charly - Everybody's Pretty When They're 18

Posted: 6/9/2015

Available on itunes>>>

You don't know what you want too many choices but you gotta choose one
Can't trust your feet to know which way to turn when the crossroads come

Pre
You know sometimes you'll get things wrong but if you want it you've gotta hold on
When they bring you down or leave you out and your whole world crashes down don't you worry Cuz

Chorus
Everybody's pretty when they're 18
You don't need to think carefully your full of Gonna Be's
And what you touch turns to gold dust
And everything you want is right there
You're gonna look back when your 19
It was so embarrassing and now you know everything
Like how to restart a broken heart when they made you feel like you weren't good enough
But Everybody's pretty, everybody's pretty when they're 18

Verse
Insecure, afraid that everybody talks behind your back
Your hair, your clothes they analyze your style like its something you lack
So turn on your heel they ain't gonna steal
All the beauty inside you that you don't see
The day will come
They'll find out they were wrong
So don't forget who you are and who you will become

Bridge
Ain't nobody perfect
It don't matter how hard you try
All that counts is your heart is on fire
And times gonna show you that
Sticks and stones can strengthen your bones
You were never really alone

Chorus

By: Charly

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Bullying Needs to End Now

Posted: 6/1/2015

Bullying has been a major problem in America’s schools for many years and it has gotten worse as the years went by. This is an issue that I care so deeply about because I was bullied and teased constantly in school from Kindergarten to the twelve grade. It wasn’t easy to go through what I went through in regular school. Every year I was teased and bullied on a daily basis from Monday to Friday. I had to endure a lot in school from the name calling, physical abuse, and mental abuse. At times I felt like I was alone and that no one cared about me because of what I was going through.

What helped me to get through this ordeal was that I had my mother to talk to me and encourage me. I also had other people such as teachers and principals to help guide me and make me feel better. Despite of all what I went through in school I still manage to make it. I say this to make a point that a lot needs to be done to stop bullying and cyber bullying that is going on in our nation’s schools. It’s not fair and it’s not right that any young person should have to go school and get teased and bullied. No young person should be afraid of going to school knowing that they are going to bullied.

I don’t want any young person to go through what I had to endure when I went to regular school. Bullying needs to be addressed much more in our nation’s schools, churches, and communities. The issue of bullying has too long been overlooked in the news and media and that needs to stop. There is a lot that teachers, principals, school officials and other educators can do to address the issue of bullying and try to stop it from going on by any means necessary. There is so much that parents can do to address bullying. There is so much that we as a community can do to help address bullying. Everyone must stand up and try to put an end to all bullying and cyber bullying going on in America’s schools.

By: Daryl

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Stop It

Posted: 5/27/2015

Hi, I’m almost 14, Polish girl and this is my story. I’ve always been really shy. When I was in kindergarden, I had a lot of friends actually, but also there was a one girl that I was afraid of. She wasn’t doing anything to me, but I was just scared. Then, when I stared school when I was 7, I was a lot more confident. I had a lot of friends and I wasn’t care about this girl that was in my kindergarden and now she’s in the same class as me. And then I started 6th grade. Things starts to be a lot more harder to me. This girl is really popular in my school. A lot of people hate her, but no one ever said her h ow rude and mean to others she is. Anyways. I’m really trying to ignore her but it doesn’t work. Everytime I’m hearing that she’s talking about me, I want to cry. When she walking in the way I’m in, I’m walking away. When she’s staring at me during the lesson, I’m trying to act like I’m not seeing her and I’m writing something in my notebook. She’s always like "Why are walking away? Why are you can’t stop writing? Why are you’re hiding from me?", she’s saying that while laughing and making fun of me, because she knows that I feel uncomfortable and sad. That not all of what she’s doing but it’s not that important right now. I’ve always wanted to ask her, why she’s doing that to me. I it really that funny? Even if I’m only standing, sitting, fixing my hair or even talk to my closest friend, she could laugh at it. Everyone who knows it are saying that I need to tell the teacher or my parents. But what if she will find out and turn my last days of school into hell? People are saying ‘Just ignore her, she’ll get bored about it’, but it doesn’t work. Now, I’m having social anxiety because of her Now, I’m even trying to not sleep, because I know that tomorrow is next day, and another reason to cry. Bullies from all of the world needs to know how painful their words are, and realize that’s not cool when you’re bullying someone who is more shy or just diffrent. That all needs to stop…

By: Anonymous

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Bullying in My Life

Posted: 5/19/2015

Hi my name is Miranda, and I’m 15 and this is my bullying story. Ever since I can remember, I’ve been bullied for something; Me being so called ‘fat’, me not being the way they had wanted me to in general. Third grade is really when it all had started. I moved around a lot as a kid so when I came to that school half way through third grade I figured it would be a new start for me. Boy was I wrong! A few weeks after I had started there, I started getting picked on by these groups of girls (and boys too) for not being what they wanted me to be. They told me I was fat, a nerd, and that I was the teacher’s pet. Fast forward from 3rd grade to when I was in 5th grade at the same school. Things had relatively stopped all until one day when the same girl who had bullied me in 3rd grade had pushed me into a bookcase. It hurt when she did it then I began to wonder, why would she do that? Later on after I had moved away I found out it was because she just about had enough with me.

As stated earlier, I moved around a lot as a kid. So when I had moved towards the end of 6th grade to a completely different town, I figured again that it would be a fresh start and that I wouldn’t get bullied. And for a little bit, I was right. Everything went really smoothly and I had made some new friends along the way. When there was a few weeks left in the school year is when things started to get really bad. Maybe I set somebody off but there was this one boy who decided it was his mission to make my life there at school miserable. He tried to break my fingers in my locker when they were in the locker door by slamming the locker door shut on them. Thankfully I had pulled them out in time. He also would slam all my books to the ground, and once he tried to push me down a short flight of stairs in my school. Again, I was able to catch myself on the hand railing before anything was done. Of course he would call me the typical names; fat, slut, teacher’s pet.

After 6th grade there wasn’t really any bullying because he had been moved to a different part of the school so I never saw him again. Now here comes the time of my Freshman year in high school where it was without a doubt the climax of all this bullying. There is one class, World History where it had really all started back up again. There was this one guy in my class, and he would constantly berate me. This was the point where I first had gotten glasses so now I started getting called Four-eyes. Also at this point, I was having some personal stuff going on in my family, and somehow this kid knew about these issues. He had started making fun of me because of these issues in the middle of class. Then he would always mock my appearance because again I wasn’t exactly a skinny girl at this point. Since we’re in middle school though, the names had gotten much nastier like whore, skank, and so on. That issue with that kid had stopped when someone in my class (who I still don’t know) had gone to the dean’s office and told somebody. Then it was peaceful for a few months again until it had picked up again in the 2nd semester of my freshman year. In my gym class, there are these group of four guys who are the class troublemakers. They do nothing but cause stress to the teacher, who is retiring at the end of this school year. I started helping her out and just being a nice person. This entailed that if these group of four boys were doing something really bad, I would tell her so she could handle it accordingly. These boys had eventually found out I was doing this so they started calling me a snitch every time they saw me. Things like “hey look, it’s the f’ing snitch” and “snitches get stitches” would be told to me along with name calling as well. After one of these kids had screamed and yelled in my face in the middle of gym class, I started crying in the middle of gym class. Now before when kids would call me these names and do what they were doing to me, I could usually hold it in til I got home and then I would cry my eyes out upstairs where no one was able to hear me. People like them started to make me wonder why I was getting bullied? I mean was it something I was doing that was causing them to constantly tear me down? Was there something wrong with me? These thoughts and my emotions would be concealed by what I would like to call ‘my mask’. I would act like I wasn’t hurt and I was this brick wall that nothing could break through. That worked until that day in gym that I had previously had stated before. My days started getting rougher and rougher, but slowly my friends were backing me up, especially the ones in school. There were two kids in particular in the school, and in my gym class. They are Sophomores and one’s a girl the other is a boy. They really started helping me and were there for me during school. They made me feel safe and secure, knowing that nothing would happen to me during the day. They became part of my ‘family’.

I’m not going to lie, I’m still getting partially bullied as I am writing this to you guys. I may never stop being bullied, who knows. But I do know one thing, if you find the right people that will always be there for you no matter what and will stick by your side through thick and thin, it makes life in bullying a lot easier. I’m one voice out of millions who are being bullied, but all you need is one success story of someone who is properly dealing with bullying, and it starts a chain reaction of people who want to make a change in their lives and stand up for themselves.

By: Miranda

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