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We just need someone to listen

Posted: 1/23/2014

I want to start off by saying that this is my first time to actually join or at least contribute, support a program that helps those who are in need of help, because you know, we know that problems like bullying need to be addressed. This also is my first time sharing my story, but I figured since it would help others, then might as well give it a shot. And if you all would not mind, I would love to join to help out kids who have been victims, even though I'm just thirteen years old and don't know that much about the world. But what I do know is that we experience pain, problems like bullying that can lead to suicide and major depression, which I have experienced as well. I always had this motivation to at least help other people, because when I was bullied, I was a young girl who didn't know what to do. I was dumbfounded, and scared at how they would threaten me with death, and harassed me in every possible way. Words do hurt and so do actions. Because by the time I was punched or kicked for being too smart, or being too different from all the other people, I was traumatized for a girl of only 6 to about 8 years old. I remember being afraid of going to school, because my teacher would force me to sit at their table, and under the desks, they would kick me as hard as they could. And I would return home with my legs all bruised up. And yet I was still scared to speak up, and day by day, second by second, I developed major depression, eating disorders, and even started self harming to the point I was suicidal. And one day I just came to realize that this is not ok. What they do is not ok. Because no one has the right to make someone else feel down just by calling them ugly, fat or any other offensive terms. I have a story. We all have a story. And we all have problems, some bigger than others, but that gives us even more of a right to help each other out. I had no one to help me when I went through a rehabilitation process, but we are not alone. We don't need someone to understand, we just need someone to listen.

By: Erika

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Light

Posted: 1/17/2014

It was the last thing I'd ever thought to see in my life. Everything started in Elementary school. I was never really that good with school, I was always taken out of class to have tests and books read to me, I felt embarrassed, but then I soon figured out that they were just trying to help me, and I got better, my reading level increased, and I was so happy. Just when I thought nothing could ruin all of this, I was so wrong. Kids started to tease me, calling me names, yelling at me, pushing me during recess, I always hid in the bathroom. I would sit on the little counter by the sink and eat my lunch. When the teacher found me, she said I had to start eating in the cafeteria, she assured me that everything was going to be okay. But again, she was wrong. Everything was not okay. They started teasing me, and sitting really close to me because they knew I was afraid of them. They would take my dollar I had in my lunch box my mom always gave me to buy a cookie to get something for themselves. Soon after that I started staying in the classroom with my teacher during recess, I always gave her some lame excuse on how I didn't understand a math problem, or couldn't spell a word right. Soon she figured out that I was just hiding. When she wanted to take me outside I literally dropped to my knees and cried. I yelled and screamed praying she wouldn't take me out there with them. That's when I saw her face completely change. She knew that this wasn't just teasing but it was something serious. So she allowed me to stay. I helped her clean her classroom and straighten out the desks. But one day I came to school and she wasn't there, the substitute told me that she had her baby the other night and she was going to be out for the rest of the year, the substitute never let me stay in for recess, that's when I had to toughen up and get out there, I just sat on the bench the whole time, the kids called me over to play with them, and of course I smiled and came over, and then they started making fun of me again. I mean I knew that kids can be mean but I didn't know they could be that cruel. Anyways, the bullying went on and on throughout the years, and it got worse as I got older. Especially during middle school and half of high school. They would say that I have a mustache. Every single day they said this, and in my head I'm thinking, you said this yesterday, and the day before, and last week. Why do you keep saying it? Then I pinned it all on myself. I really thought I had a mustache. So I went home and shaved my upper lip. I would have done anything to make them stop. Anything. But whatever I did, nothing helped. That's when I wanted to give up. But then I thought t myself, why give up? Your just letting them win. Do you want them to win? So I stood tall and accepted all the words they said to me. It hurt like a ton of bricks. My heart was just shattered, and my heart was bruised and just broken. But I heard that when you're heart is broken, it lets the light inside.

By: Selena

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There’s No Such Thing as Normal

Posted: 1/13/2014

I am a perfectly healthy and average 12 year old girl who isn't allergic to anything but Penicillin. Almost everyone in my 6 grade classes (we have 2 classes) is friends with each other. Nobody would physically hurt each other or bully each other to the point where one of us commits suicide. It's nothing life threatening. However, at lunch time, sometimes I get bullied. The problem is, the people at my table don't realize they hurt me. They're all pretty nice people, I'm friends with all of them. There are 4 boys who sit at my table and 2 other girls. For lunch, I usually bring a tuna sandwich because I like tuna. Sometimes I bring a sandwich that includes mayo on it. Sometimes I bring a bagel with cream cheese. The problem is, the girls and one of the boys were asking me today things like "How do you like tuna?" Or something like that. Then I told them the foods I didn't like. I don't drink pop (I never have), I don't eat fruits like strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, mango, etc. I am not the type of person that likes foods that most kids like. I do like grapes, bananas, apples, watermelon, and some vegetables. When they found out this, they were for some reason appalled by this. I don't see why. Not everyone likes the same thing. They didn't physically hurt me, they just acted kind of rude. The girls weren't as mean as the one guy. They just said things like, "I can't believe you don't like strawberries!". It didn't really hurt me, but they acted like I was an alien or something. There's no such thing as normal, because everyone is different. But they acted like it was against the law to have a different opinion. It hurt me a little. The other 3 boys didn't really say anything, they just continued to eat their lunch. But I'm not sure what to do. If they do it again, how do I respond? I feel like crying because I don't want to deal with bullying.

By: Grace

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My Story

Posted: 1/8/2014

It all started in the 6th grade when i shaved my head for kid's with cancer. Because i dressed like more like a guy then I did like a girl. Everyone kept calling me a man or they would call me a dyke or a lesbian. At the time i hadn't realized that i actually was. I also shaved my head in the seventh grade for the same cause. While my friends got all the good recognition for it I got all of the bullying. No body knew what i was going through. I didn't tell any of my friends that i had started self harming. I started the end of my sixth grade year. At first it was only one or two but then it turned into more. My 8th grade year the bullying had gotten so much worse. Everyone kept asking me what i was doing in the girls locker room and why i went in the girls bathroom. I hated almost everyone at my school because i got crap from everyone. I didn't want to be there anymore. Everyone would say ohhh look its the girl who cuts herself, ohh look its the girl who is suicidal. I got sick of it so that year i tried to overdose. My friend got there in time and made me throw up the pills. I didn't want to go back to school. After that so many more people started making fun of me. I had one friend and even she made fun of me at times about me being gay. Once i got to be a freshman i started standing up for myself and tried to not let anyone get to me. I still self harm to this day but im not as bad about it. The bullying still happens and it hits me hard still but i've learned to not listen to what people say to me. I've started to help other people and its helped me as well.

By: Zoie

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Everyone Belongs Here

Posted: 1/7/2014

Okay so I don't even know where to begin. Bullying is a huge thing to me and I hope I can one day reduce it to the point where it's not noticeable and almost gone for good. I have basically been bullied my whole life since preschool and I'm now a senior in highschool. It makes me so upset when people try and justify their mean words or actions. I've seen how it can effect people. From eating disorders to self harm and even sometimes to taking themselves out of this world. It makes me so sad that anyone goes through that. I'm lucky. I'm strong and the worst I've gone through is crying myself to sleep. Although other things have crossed my mind I had the strength to refrain from it and it makes me so sad that some people are broken down so much that they feel worthless. I believe everyone a beautiful. Every single person. And worth so much. And that everyone belongs here and that's why bullying angers me so much because they make people feel like those statements are false and like they don't belong here but everyone belongs here. Our hearts wouldn't be beating if we didn't belong here. And that's in essence my opinion on bullying. And what I'm doing to prevent it is that I have an account on Instagram that's anti-bullying and I post uplifting pictures and quotes and offer advice and love to anyone who needs it and whenever I see bullying I try and give them the perspective of how wrong it is.

By: Hannah

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Be Who You Want to Be

Posted: 1/7/2014

Lately I've been thinking about my past and I've honestly came to realize I should be thankful that all the stuff that happened actually did happen. Cause with out it I wouldn't be the person I am today and I wouldn't be as strong as I am. I wouldn't be able to help others through things that they are going through like I did if it didn't happen cause I wouldn't know what to say. I am thankful for all the people who helped me get through it by standing by my side and with their love. Honestly I would never have come so far without you guys. Mainly my parents and siblings! I can't stop thinking about those times I let all those kids walk all over me and bully me. Honestly I shouldn't have let it get to me as much as I did. I let it cause me to almost fail school, I let it make me depressed and I never wanted to go to school. I was never happy. Do you think I honestly wanted any of that? No I didn't but it all happened for a reason, and that reason was so I could be a better person and so I can help others get through hard times cause I know what it was like to go through it all. Honestly all of that built me to who I am today and I'm proud to be able to say I was a target of bullying and I overcame it.

Targets of bullying: You may think this is never going to end and that you aren't able to get through it. But I promise you this. When you stand up and speak up it will start to get better. You may think it won't but it does slowly but it will. Don't be scared to stand up for yourself and tell an adult. Don't let the bullies tear you apart it's not worth it. Talk to someone tell them what's going on they will help you I promise. Never let them cause you to do something to your self cause that's not going to help you may think It is but it truly isn't. Talking to someone and venting to someone helps. Just know your not alone their are many others out their fighting to stay strong just like you and trying to get through all the bullying and depression. Just know your not alone take a look around you. There are tons of people who love and care about you and would be willing to help. So don't hide your emotions from people cause that won't do you any good. Your parents are there for you but you just need to speak up and tell them what's going on just vent to them. And one thing you need to know is your stronger then you may think you are you just got to take a moment to realize that. And you are beautiful even if they say you aren't cause the truth is you gorgeous and they are just trying to bring you lower then them cause they want to be at the top above you. don't let them succeed show them that your gonna shine and be above them and won't let them bring you below. That you know your better then they say you are. And don't change for any one. No matter what be who you are and stay that way cause the people who truly like you for you will like the person you are and not want you to change. And the people who are fake and are just playing games are the ones who want to try to change you into someone your not. So don't let them change you! Be who you want to be!!!

By: Stephanie

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Why?

Posted: 1/7/2014

Why don't you see the things you say effect me. Why do you think it's okay to call me all those hurtful names. And to spread lies about me. Why can't you tell that you need to stop because they really hurt me. Do you really find a satisfaction in seeing me fall apart? And in seeing me in pain and tears. Do you really find joy in telling people lies and causing me to walk alone in the halls hearing people whisper hurtful things that you said about me that aren't even true. I can't answer that for you. But you can. Why not try to stop and see how much pain you've caused me and how many nights I couldn't sleep because to much was running through my mind. Couldn't you just let me be happy? And not run your mouth about me. Please just tell me why you do this to me? What have I done wrong to deserve this. Just give me an answer.

By: Stephanie

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I’ve Got My Dignity

Posted: 1/3/2014

chorus:
I've got my dignity
I'm who I want to be
I've got the truth inside my heart
And no one can ever take that away from me
They think I'm weak because I choose to walk away
But I am stronger than they will ever be
Cause I've got my dignity
Yes I've got my dignity

verse:
They pick on me
They rough me up
They call me names
They don't know when enough is enough
They don't understand
How I carry on
And if they think I'm giving up
Well that's where they are wrong
Cause I know where I belong

chorus:
I've got my dignity
I'm who I want to be
I've got the truth inside my heart
And no one can ever take that away from me
They think I'm weak because I choose to walk away
But I am stronger than they will ever be
Cause I've got my dignity
Yes I've got my dignity

bridge section:
They pick on me, they pick on me
They rough me up, they rough me up
They call me ugly they call me ugly
They don't know when enough is enough
They’re taunting me, they’re haunting me
They call me names
But they don't know that I am tough
And if they think I'm giving up
Well that's where they are wrong
Cause I know where I belong

repeat chorus:

© 2013 Norman Kerner - George Gesner
contact: Norman 301-330-3469 / [email protected]
207 Amberfield Ln., Gaithersburg, MD 20878 USA

By: Norman Kerner

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Take A Stand

Posted: 12/30/2013

How many more kids need to die? How many more kids need to try to find a way to escape the pain or a way to hide from the lies that are told? They hide behind a smile all the while inside the darkness seems to have no end. One by one they leave this world and those around are left with the question why. Principles, teachers, monitors, policemen; we hear you preach but no one seems to see how easy it could be if we unite in this fight to stop the hate. We need to stop and think about what we see. Don't turn a blind eye, it's not always easy, but if you try you will find, when they push another and call out names ,"sticks and stones may brake your bones but words will never hurt you," does not apply in reality: it causes some to die. There’s not always a reason, there's not always a cause, just some kids that are bored thinking its funny, or not thinking at all. If you fail to recognize the signs that are right before your eye's; another life lost, another family destroyed. Never let the people who bring you down make you feel as though you should not be around; we need you, we really do .They call you names and chase you down, because they're afraid that the day will come that they will be on the other side. Hurting others takes the pain away for just a moment in time. All you boys who think you need to treat a girl with disrespect, undermine her feelings, trying to hide the fear of what comes next. Spreading all the lies, telling all the boys she let you have your way. She's walking through the halls, hearing sounds of whispers and she crys yelling why, why'd he have lie? He won't even look at her, he won't even talk to her, he's feeling so much shame knowing he's the one to cause her pain. Be strong, stand your ground, life's worth living with you around. Be strong, stand your ground, never let them bring you down. You see her crying and sitting alone, you see her yelling leave me alone. You see them laughing and you shy away ,hoping they don't find a way to turn on you, because you know the pain they cause. Still you pause and think "if only I was strong enough to say leave her alone, then she will see in reality there are those who care," but you don't dare. Wake up to find she will not be coming to school today, she will not be around, she has found a way to stop her pain. Tears fall from your eyes asking, "Why didn't I try." Counselors come to talk to us, saying it will be okay, but do they know? Where were they when she needed them the most? How will they help me, who was to scared to take a stand, as I look around and see all the kids crying like me? I ask where we're they before, now it's to late, she won't be here no more. The chance to say I'm sorry, lend a helping hand. Even a simple smile could have gone a mile, but time has run out for yet another child. As we bow our heads and pray, may she rest in peace we say. I know this is long, but my feelings are strong, we need to get the word out.

TAKE A STAND IT MAY SAVE A LIFE

By: Kelly

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‘I Remember’

Posted: 12/27/2013

By 13-year-old Singer-Songwriter, Valentina Kamenov

By: Valentina Kamenov

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