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Posted: 10/3/2013

Starting in 3rd grade, my classmates often made fun of my weight, knowing that weight was one of my biggest insecurities. As the year went on, I began to believe what people were saying, and my insecurities kept growing. In 4th grade I had started a new school, and no one wanted to be friends with “The New Girl.” I was again teased for being “fat” and not wearing cool clothes. I was even cornered in a bathroom by three girls, threatening to stab me in the eye with the heels of their shoes. I was distraught and went to the principal, but nothing was done. “Oh, girls can be a little mean at this age” was his answer. My parents notified all of my teachers as to what was going on and their responses were, “Well, if it doesn’t happen in my class and I don’t see it, I can’t do anything about it!” At this point, I stopped sleeping, eating, and my grades started to fall because I was petrified as to what these kids would do next to me. I couldn’t even go to the bathroom when I needed because someone always followed me in.

The bullying continued through 5th and 6th grades. One of the most memorable comments was “Eww, she’s a fat pig, and I hope she dies in an abandoned alley!” I did make a few friends. At least that’s what I thought. When I was given the date of a birthday party, I called my “friend” and explained that I was singing at a charity event and couldn’t make the party. This prompted her and a bunch of other girls to spend three hours calling me names, cursing at me, threatening me, all because I couldn’t go to a birthday party! Finally, my mother closed the computer and handed me some paper and a pen. I was crying and she sternly told me to “WRITE”!!! She wanted me to get out all of my feelings, and in turn, I wrote my first original song called “Bully.” When everyone hears my song “Bully,” I hope they realize they’re not alone. I now have made 2 true friends and that’s all I could ask for. If you have one true friend you’re lucky, I have truly been blessed. I’d like to thank my bullies for making me the strong person I am today! :)

Sincerely,

Emma

By: Emma

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Where’s My Freedom?

Posted: 10/2/2013

My name is Joelle. I am 15 years old and i’m from Hawaii. You would usually think that bullying only exists in big cities up in the mainland. Well you’re wrong.

Me and best friend have been friends forever. We did everything together. There was never a day that you would see us apart, until last week. Her and her boyfriend have been on and off for a while. He’s cheated on her multiple times, and lets just say i didn’t like the way he kept treating her. They broke up one day, and of course, as a best friend would... i was there for her, wiping every tear, giving her advice. Its been 3 weeks since then. Then one day she told me she had to tell me something. She was back with him. I instantly got irritated because i knew things that she didnt, but how could i possibly tell her without breaking her heart. He had hooked up with multiple girls while they weren't together. I had to leave the room to cool down. I wasn't mad at her, i was mad the situation. She deserved better. Someone who would treat her right. We didn’t talk for the rest of the day.

The next day, i built enough courage to talk to her and come clean, tell her how i felt. I told her everything, and that i supported her, but not the relationship. I knew he was just going to hurt her again. We hugged and from i thought....we had cleared everything up. I was wrong. At the end of the day, my other best friend comes up to me and tells me that the other girl was talking crap about me behind my back to her and spreading rumors about me and my boyfriend saying he was yelling and swearing at her and saying that i said things that were never said in reality. I went from thinking i had 5 best friends who would never leave my side, to only having 2 friends from that group and 1 from another....out of everyone. I feel so alone. You would think a good friend is someone who has your back no matter what.... well unfortuantly i got stabbed in my own while trying to protect a friend :(

One day, i walked in to breakfast, and she had a whole group of friends with her, so i sat by myself, and my friend was trying to defend me to her....and all they did was yell at her and tell her she was wrong. These were people from other cliques in school also. That girl i thought was my best friend told people in school things that weren’t true in school to make me look bad. I got home one night to see comments being made about me on twitter. Her cousin and herself were talking about me on twitter saying rude comments... calling me fake, telling me karma will bite me in the ass. I was hurt, betrayed.

The numbness takes over for a little... but then disappears while you’re distracting yourself and try to forget about it, but then reality hits you. Her boyfriend messaged me snapping and yelling at me, saying its my fault. its my fault even though i’m the one being victimized ! :( People tell you that you have to be strong, and just ignore it, because you know the truth and that's all that matters, but that’s where they're wrong. Something like that can just push you over the edge and you never want to get back up. I thought many suicidal thoughts through out that time. Asking God, “Why am i still here? I don’t want to be here anymore.” Constantly crying, not wanting to move from my bed. Not wanting to do anything in general..just waiting. During one night, me and my boyfriend and couple friends went out the the County Fair. Turns our, her boyfriend was there. He was glaring at me. I tried to hold in all the tears, but while doing that, i ended up getting anxiety. I suddenly got nauseous and we had to leave. My boyfriend thought maybe if i ate something it would help. We tried, i ate one thing and didn't want the rest. I had to sleep it off. But the truth is, depression doesn't just leave you when you sleep...it comes back. It comes back during your darkest days and just drags you down to the center of the core of the earth. You don’t know how to act or feel. You can't think straight, your emotions just take over you. You start to lose yourself.

Sadly, i haven’t overcome it yet. I'm still in that phase. Time will only tell. I know people say, stick with your true friends... but how can you tell if they’re true or not? Look at my situation... you really don't have anyone but yourself to lean on, and that’s the hardest part of it all. For anyone who’s getting bullied, just know you're not alone. Prove them all wrong. That's what I’m trying to do.

And to those BULLIES out there, why does hurting someone make you feel so good? Why does seeing someone cry and bleed their soul out, make you feel like you’ve just won a lottery? It’s not right. Were all just human beings. Yeah sure, its freedom of speech, but to the person you’re affecting... its like you’re ripping their freedom right out of their own hands. They feel trapped, and it hurts. it really does.

Still figuring her path,
Joelle

By: Joelle

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THE WORST AND THE BEST

Posted: 10/2/2013

The worst years of my life were when I was in school because I had so few friends, and didn’t understand that sometimes just a few great friends is better than a bunch of fake ones. I wanted so hard to be liked by everyone and I wanted to fit in, but I wasn’t good in sports and I wasn’t really good in everything for that matter. People bullied me through out high school and it wasn’t even small pickings either. I was called many names, a lot of the time the r word was the biggest one, picked last for sports because I wasn’t good and the worst was people shoving books and other things out of my hands and kicking them down the hallways often times with another person who would grope me as a joke, (I broke many 3 ring binders and other items in the 3 ring binders because of this and would never tell my mom that other people had done it, only that I had thrown it, which broke it because I didn’t want to have her step in and take over things for me, knowing it would possibly make things worse) just to get a rise out of me.

The best years of my life have just begun with me doing sermons trying to get people in the community to understand that people with disabilities are more likely to get bullied in their life then any other kid, that people look down on them like they have a plague that you can catch, and that just isn’t true. They are beautiful people with huge ginormeous hearts that don't back down from a fight by giving hugs not fighting back. If they can get through what can be one of the worst parts of their life, they can do anything.

By: Jill

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MORE CONFIDENT

Posted: 10/2/2013

I have always been extremely shy, and I was bullied in elementary and middle school. The bullying encompassed cyber-bullying, physical bullying, verbal bullying, rude voicemails and hurtful text messages, and rumor-spreading. I discovered who were truly my friends and who were just “friend-collectors:” people who want to look good and popular by increasing their number of “friends” by hanging out with them and acting nice until they get tired of you. The bullying experiences have actually made me feel better and more confident about myself because I know that those people who bullied me were just trying to put me down to make themselves look better and that I am above those types of people.

By: Amanda

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Posted: 9/12/2013

She looks in the mirror
Then turns away
She put on her mask
Because it takes away the pain

As she walks through the halls
They all stop and stare
They whisper silently
Unknowingly stripping her bear

She gets her books
Knocked out of her hands
And she just knows
She’s at her wits end

As she walks home,
It starts to rain
A car goes by and splashes
Just heightening the pain

All alone in her room
She holds the bottle in her grasp
Saying sorry one more time
She takes her last gasp

If just someone had acknowledged her
Just given her a chance
Maybe they would have know
She’s more than just a glance

Be kind to the shy
Be polite and let it show
Because you never will know
What will be there final blow

By: JACARAH

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Stop Bullying

Posted: 9/11/2013

Produced by Ashley Shaffer

By: Ashley Shaffer

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Rise Up and Sing

Posted: 9/6/2013

Written for the PS 127 Chorus, Music and Lyrics by Shanan Estreicher

The PS 127 Chorus in Queens, NY performs a song their music teacher wrote specifically for them. This song is about rising above the difficulties of life and using your voice as an instrument of change.

Lyrics

All those chances just keep passing by
You can’t measure up if they won’t let you try
Now it’s your time to shine

Turn up the radio, drown out that voice, there’s a sweeter song
Turn it up loud, hold your head up proud this is your new song

One more closing door, one step behind
If they won’t lift you up just look inside—you’ll find
That it’s your time to shine

Turn up the radio, drown out that voice, there’s a sweeter song
Turn it up loud, hold your head up proud this is your new song

Rise up and sing, show them what you’re made of
Rise up, you’ll see, there’s nothing to be afraid of
Lift your voice and sing
Sing your song for me

When that voice inside is full of doubt
You can choose to listen or just tune it out

Turn up the radio, drown out that voice, there’s a sweeter song
Turn it up loud, hold your head up proud this is your new song

Rise up and sing, show them what you’re made of
Rise up, you’ll see, there’s nothing to be afraid of
Lift your voice and sing
Sing your song for me

Rise up

By: Anonymous

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Cindy's Dilemma - Short Film on Bullying

Posted: 8/29/2013

What would you do if you were in Cindy’s position? Rebecca, or her sidekicks? SAY NO TO BULLYING!

By: Anonymous

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BECAUSE OF YOU

Posted: 8/28/2013

“I was inspired earlier this year to make a short film about bullying, promoting the idea that one person can make a huge difference in another's life.”

By: Josh Jackson

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Echosmith – “Cool is just an opinion”

Posted: 8/27/2013

Echosmith, an alternative pop band made up of siblings ages 14-20, was inspired by stories of the sadness associated with bullying and not fitting in to record their new song, “Cool Kids.” This song tells the story of a boy and a girl who want to be like the “cool” kids. But Echosmith says that “really ‘cool’ is just an opinion and nobody is really cooler than anybody else.” Listen to their songs and learn more about the band on their website.

By: Anonymous

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