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A Sister's Stance

Posted: 10/16/2012

My wonderful little sister is only 11, she will be 12 in November. Back in 2006, we were in a horrible car accident. I received a cracked chest bone and a bruised wrist. My sister though, she hit her head on the back of the seat. The hit on the seat caused a knot on her forehead the size of a goose egg. She had bruising and bleeding in her brain. Shortly after the wreck, she developed a learning disability. We were hit by a drunk driver. It was her first year of Kindergarten and only the first month. At first she loved school, but after the wreck the children started to bully her. They would push her down, scratch her face and chest, call her names and tell her to go die. I was there for her though, when I could I would leave class and go sit in hers. Just to make sure no one would mess with her. But during Christmas Break my dad forced me to move back into his house, four states away. She was alone and scared. The bullying increased and she couldn't handle it anymore. My mother transferred her into a different school, she loved it there. The children were nice to her and they loved her. She felt welcomed and appreciated. But due to issues at home, she was sent back to her previous school. The bullying began once again.

For six years she has been bullied, changed schools almost 12 times. When she was about 8, she tried to commit suicide. She cut her wrists open and tried to bleed out. She was placed into a hospital for a couple of weeks. She still rather be dead than alive and hates my mother for saving her life.

On Friday; October 5th, 2012 she was bullied so badly in class she began to cry her eyes out. Instead of her teacher standing up for her. Her teacher told her to stop crying and distracting the class, she had no reason to cry and needed to be the big girl she was and get over it. My sister is bullied because she is almost 12 years old and only in the 4th grade due to her learning disability. Her teacher apparently likes to bring the fact up. Which makes my sister feel stupid and like she doesn't deserve to live. That weekend she told my mom she wanted to die and what had happened at school. Furious my mother called Florida State to get the problem taken care of. My sister is now enrolled in a virtual homeschooling program where she can learn at her own pace and be safe from her bullies.

Once I found out what had happened on Friday, I was told about wearing an orange shirt the following Wednesday; October 10th, 2012. I went out and bought an orange shirt, iron letters and made a shirt in honor of my sister. On the front of my shirt I had written, "Hope, no one should feel unloved." and on the back across my shoulders "Team (my sisters name)" below it the word sister and towards the bottom "Stop Bullying!" I wore my shirt all day, including to my work and spread the word about stopping bullies. I may live four states away from my sister, but I am doing everything in my power to let her know she is not alone and I am taking a stance for her. I am currently working on making more shirts for friends and family who want to help spread the word. My dream is for bullying to be illegal nationally. So the world can be a safer place for everyone to live. I love my sister and I will do anything I can to help stop bullying! Just like my shirt says, no one should feel unloved!

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DOOLY's WISH

Posted: 5/11/2012

My daughter Johanna has PDNOS and is on the Austim Spectrum. She was severely bullied at school. They stole her IPOD, took her money, made her do their homework, continually teased her to the place where she was the last into school, and the first out. Johanna never wanted to join any after school activities, because she could not enjoy herself, because she was always on edge, waiting for the next incident to start up.  Much of Johanna's problems, were her misunderstanding of  non verbal body language. She also had problems, accepting even a kind child’s reaching out, because she had lost her trust in her peers acceptance.

Johanna is very high functioning but struggles socially, especially within her own age group. Her appearance is almost completely normal, so many children saw her social struggles, her gestures as weird or different from the others, and did not have a kind heart and reach out to her. Part of the reason for the continuing of the bullingy, is because children with special needs, do not report the times that they are bullied.  They just want to be accepted, have friends, and not be called a tattletail.  They just want to be like everyone else.

As the years went on, we fought with our school district to do something to help Johanna enjoy school and be a typical student.  Eventually the bullying go so severe we had to hire and lawyer and remove  her from the school. When a child "hit her for not doing his homework" it took an violent act and a kind hearted lawyer that fought with all her strength, to get Johanna into another high school that was better able to handle children with her type of special needs.  Johanna went on to be happy, make some friends and graduate with honors
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Together with her talent for drawing and her story we created a website called DOOLY's WISH, that we hope to use to bring awareness to this issue. 

Johanna producted a T-shirt that we sell  to raise money to support our efforts to educate other children that bullying, especially a special needs child,  is just NOT OK.  We have wrist bands  that state "Stand Up for a Special Kid – Be a  Hero". Because of Johanna’s struggles, we are trying to help another child, aid another parent, and to "Start a Movement" to STOP the Bullying of a Special Needs Child.  

Johanna's high school has proudly produced a bullying video that stars Johanna and her story. We are so proud of this video that is now in the last stages of being finalized and will be shown in schools in our area.  

Parents do not know where to turn to help their children.  We are working hard to get the audience to tell her story. We want to start a movement to save a child. Dooly's dream is that no child has to endure the bullying that she went through just because she is Special.

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This Is MY Story

Posted: 5/11/2012

I have been picked on my whole life. You see, I have been diagnosed with something called ADHD - when you have a lot of trouble focusing and you have too much energy- and Bipolar Disorder- a mood disorder which can make you have mood swings (when your mood changes in a pattern) and with the version I have, it can cause severe depression.

I am a very sensitive person, and kids took advantage of that, and they bullied me so much I attempted to commit suicide. However, I didn't, and I got help immediately.

Teachers have also bullied me. There is something called a 504 in place for kids with disabilities, and I needed to have one in case I wanted to commit suicide again. But I made it through.

A lot of times I wished I didn't have what I have…. But no I know that even if you have a disability, you still aren't different from anyone else. You're a human being, and you deserve to be treated right.

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Words Hurt, But They Also Can Cure

Posted: 10/10/2011

I'm bipolar. When I'm happy, I'm too happy. And when I'm sad, there's too much sadness weighing me down, and every negative thing, every anger, every pain and suicidal thoughts pop up. I've attempted to cut a few times before, but I never did do it. I still attempt to cut until now, but less often. I started having these suicidal and self-harm thoughts about a year ago. I thought it was normal; but then, I realized it wasn't and I found out that this is a sign of having a bipolar disorder. I haven't had consultation from a doctor or anything, and I've never talked to anyone about it. I'm afraid to let go of what's been holding me back from everything. I'm moderately bullied in school, and I am a loner. I have friends, but I'm invisible. Whenever I talk, no one listens; Whenever I speak my mind out about my opinions, no one cares. I envy people I see in my school who are popular or who get to be noticed by others; people who have a better life than me even though they don't deserve it, I guess. I feel like I deserve a much better life; a much brighter day. I pour out all my emotions through writing, and I dream of being a singer and author someday. I'd like to radiate inspiration to people who are just like me - who have their insecurities. People would come up to me and tell me, "You're fat." My classmate would call me fake, and wannabe or trying hard. And everyday, I eat less. Sometimes, I don't eat at all, just so I could lose weight. Some people would sometimes tease me because of my frizzy hair, and bushy brows. I just want to, for once, be noticed and recognized for doing my best. But, the recognition never really happens. Luck never really came my way.

Demi, you have been such an inspiration to me. I tried to do my best to stop myself from attempting to cut, and I still try my bets until now, the day I heard your song "Skyscraper"; the day I read your story; the day I realized that I'm not all alone. I may not know you people reading this, but I thank you for keeping me company. Someday, I'd like to be a singer, and I'd want to put up something like this; I'd write songs for people who suffer the same hurt I suffer.

Words hurt, and they cure as well.

It's going to be okay. It's going to be better. I'm stronger now. And, hopefully, even better. And even though I always end up disappointed by the unchanged days, I still keep that faith and I still believe that a better day is gonna come; that something's going to change for the better. Keep that faith in you. You're strong. I'm strong. We all are. And these weaknesses of ours just prove that we are stronger than the people who go on, smiling all the way without pains. Every drop of tear shows how truly strong we are.

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Student With Autism

Posted: 10/10/2011

I care because my fellow classmate and I have been looking out for an autistic kid in my school. He is always being bullied, but we care. We stand up for him in anyway possible. Bullying is not fun.  See it.  Say it. Stop it.

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