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Ten-year-old Hanna Leads Two Bullying Prevention Resolutions

Posted: 6/19/2013

After dealing with bullying in and out of school, ten-year-old Hanna started A Community For Change on Facebook. She wants to make a positive difference in her community and in the lives of her peers.

On May 14, 2013, the Prospect Park Borough Council passed two bully-free resolutions which Hanna presented, making her hometown the state's first “bully-free community” and a “compassionate borough.” These same resolutions are being introduced in Tyrone Borough, PA. Hanna’s goal is to have every town in Pennsylvania to become bully-free and for every school district to reevaluate their procedures and implement bullying awareness programs. Hanna will be working with her school board in order to implement new district-wide policies and programs for the upcoming school year.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world” are words she wants everyone to live by.

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Read more about her story.

Resolution Passed! Watch the YouTube Video

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By: Anonymous

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End the Trend

Posted: 6/17/2013

My name is Alexis Water.

I am ten years old.

I was a victim of bullying.

I finally found the courage to stand up for myself and demand that the bully stop and that my school take action.

Fortunately for me the bullying did stop and my teachers were great at addressing the issue. But I realized others might not be as strong so I wanted to find a way to help them. With the encouragement of the city’s Law Director, Mr. Mike Minnear, and my mother, Laurie Howland, I asked the City of Milford, Ohio to become Upstanders and take a stand on bullying.

On May 21, 2013, I gave a presentation to the City Council. In my presentation I cited facts on bullying, reasons why it so harmful and ways everyone can help end the trend. Mr. Minnear then read the “Alexis Walter Anti-Bullying Resolution.” The City Council passed it unanimously. That night my presentation was featured on the evening news on channel WXIX-TV and in our local newspaper. They also interviewed my mom and I live on the air the next morning. My goal is to spread the word that we can End the Trend. To help with that goal, we turned to social media and created a Facebook page called “Become and Upstander and End the Trend.”

One million starts with one and if we can get one million people to become Upstanders then together we can end the trend.

By: Alexis

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YOU ARE SOMEONE

Posted: 6/17/2013

I was 13 years old, when some of my classmates thought it would be pretty good, to make my life bad!

I was called many names in school, like fat cow, silly girl, ugly face-child. Some of them told other classmates, that I am violent and after a while I was one of the most hated school students.

Everyday I woke up, I hoped it  was all just a dream - but it wasn't it was the reality.

The whole thing went over 2 years until I couldn't go to school anymore. My grades went down and I was scared to not got my final school report.

Sometimes I sat down in my room, and didn't know what to do.

After that I changed school.
New pupils, new teachers. fine!
Now I've got quite good friends, maybe the best ones i've ever had in my life!
one of them is nearly my sister, 'cause she's always standing by my side in every kind of situation an I talked with her about all the things, my old class mates have done.

Though the time was so horrible, i think it made me who I am today (at least i've found some "hidden talents" and now, nobody would say, that I'm not worth to life).

Some schools, think they know nearly all about bullying and the effects but, they don't. They even don't know, how many pupils are bullied each day, how the feel and what the think!

I wish all the kids outside there, that they don't give up, even when they can't see the light at the end of the tunnel!

Please, don't believe in lies, don't believe in persons who want to tear you down!

YOU ARE WORTH LIVING!
YOU ARE SOMEONE!

Even when it sounds quite unrealistic, talk to a person (it might be your sister, brother, mom, dad, grannie, an old friend you believe in, good teacher,...) and ask him/ her for help!

YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

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Deep Feeling

Posted: 6/17/2013

Do you know how hard it is to feel alone and feel un liked?

It's feel like your dying inside, that no matter how bad you try to be nice to people, your just no one. To feel like like you're just a stupid unwanted person. I may not have good grades or the perfect body, but why should I be judge so bad?

I'm sorry I'm not the captain of the cheerleader, but why should you say such bad words to me? I'm sorry that I'm not good enough for you.  Having the most popular girl in school bully you is the worst feeling ever. Having everybody believe her rumors and bully me everyday and write things about me in the bathroom is the worst feeling ever. Feeling like no one believes you because she's so innocent looking. Everyone is looking at you like you are some kind of crazy person.

I've never felt pretty or good enough so why make me feel worse about myself? :/

Have you ever put yourself in my shoes? No.

So, why treat me like I'm trash? I feel like this would never stop and if it would, when would it stop? I think about killing myself to make everybody life easier, I wanna get out of here. I can't take this anymore. Thinking killing yourself is the only way of escape, Maybe it is? If not, what is? Please tell me.

Stop bullying me.

I'm just a normal person  like you. Getting attacked by everyone you know, even the people you think you can trust, hurts you.

Please stop bullying you don't know how bad it is to feel this pain inside. 

By: Danielle

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Audrianna

Posted: 6/12/2013

Audrianna Page Fredericks, who was recently crowned Miss Junior Teen Oklahoma United States 2013, has teamed up with PACER and schools in her state to bring awareness to bullying. Once she was the object of bullying and peer pressure herself, which prompted Audrianna to create and implemente a bullying prevention program she calls Positive Notes.

Audrianna writes positive notes to students in her school and encourages them to pass them on, write letters of their own to share with others, or to do a random act of kindness. Her idea is to empower the students to make the change they want to see in their schools. She encourages and empowers students to spread positive thoughts to others with her motto, ”Be the change you want to see in the world. It only takes one person to change.“

Audrianna also hosts events to raise awareness and donations to bullying prevention organizations.

Learn more about Audrianna efforts at www.soonergal.com.

By: Anonymous

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Posted: 6/12/2013

I hope that our children today, can show our children of tomorrow that a little strength and courage will lead them to the brighter days awaiting them.

By: Ricky Ellis

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The Haze

Posted: 6/11/2013

Here's a poem, it's not perfect but its my experience from battling post traumatic stress.

There’s a haze, it begins to form
Growing stronger and stronger
Everyday I continue to feel more alone

My mind gets fuzzy, thoughts and ideas
They are nowhere in site
Motivation to get out of bed is even outside the lines

I sit down in a desk, focus being the key
Little did i know, an interruption bombards me
At the edge of my seat I try to hold on

The flashbacks overcome me
Hands shaking, heart racing
It’s survival of the fittest

So who’s it going to be?
Weak in the knees, barely holding on by a thread
Numbness consumes me

Now my mind drifts away
It’s somewhere dark and all alone
A place where thoughts of the unthinkable become known

Is anyone out there?
Everything I feel, everything I think
Just tell me it’s okay

Who have I become, how did I get here?
This sadness is taking me down a deep, unending path
Someone please rescue me from this haze

Before I disappear

By: Denise

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Stranger

Posted: 6/11/2013

The outcasts were clumped together in a single room.

How did we all end up together? A piece of duct tape picked off the lint from the perfect silk dress. The lint is thrown away, and is ignored forever. No one cares about the lint. No one cares about the outcasts. No one cares about the weirdos or the socially awkward nerds. This is because no one needs them.

They are the stray cat in the window sill, the stray cat that just wants love. Other cats get to have this love, so why not this stray cat? It loves all the same. It is no different. Yet it has a different personality, a different color, and different problems. It does not belong. So it is ignored. Just like the lint, and just like the outcasts, the strangers, the socially awkward kids, the anime/manga lovers, the video gamers, the goths, the punks, and anyone and everyone else who has been removed from a “normal” life.

Anyone who has been yanked away from their Utopia because someone else got bored. Because someone else needed something to do. Because no one cares about the outsiders. The people who don’t deserve to live or die. The outcasts, the ones that don't fit in, ‘THAT ONE GUY’, the girl who is kicked around before school, during school, after school, and at home, her only escape being the teddy bear that she stole from someone who USED TO BE her friend until she became a stranger.

By: Madeline

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I Am Nothing

Posted: 6/7/2013

I am nothing
I am an outsider
A nobody
I don’t exist

I am the person
Who blends into her desk
Her hair cascading over her face
Observing and watching

Loud
Obnoxious
Disrespectful
People
Who are just as ordinary
As the next
Knocking students down
One by one
Picking apart their personality
Until there is nothing left

Being nothing
Is what makes me
A true individual
I am a person
Of character
Freethinking
Different
Unique
Beautiful
With moral strength
And integrity
I will not back down
I am a warrior

The popular ones
Are no different
Than anyone else

They are just like me

I am somebody

By: Aliza

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Silent Voices

Posted: 6/6/2013

Hey! My name is Taylor and I am proud to say that I am the author and illustrator of this story, Silent Voices, which tells the story of my actual experiences with bullying. I was a victim of bullying, such as name-calling, physical harm and emotional harm, and even sexual harassment. I will never forget the numerous times I would go to a social worker or a teacher or school staff member about these issues and they would always turn me down, saying that, "teenagers are just being teenagers," or "I think you're over-reacting, kid." A while after being ignored, I started to believe that this was the way I was supposed to be treated in school because I had Autism and Epilepsy, and I was supposed to allow this mistreatment to carry on until I couldn't take it anymore. I know what it is like to be bullied, to be depressed and feeling alone, to actually try and take my own life in the middle of the night so I wouldn't bother anyone.

In 2013, I will be 18 years old and I have figured out after many years of pain and sadness that I was not alone. I wasn't the only one to try and skip school because I didn't feel wanted there, not the only one to get targeted with nasty names because I glanced someone's way while walking down the hallway or get hit because I was zoning out. I also wasn't the only one to try and take my life and I wasn't the only one who wanted it to all just STOP.

While reading my side of the story, keep in mind that there are many other people being bullied for reasons that vary. And, to those who feel like they cannot do anything, it only takes one voice to stop this uprising battle of mistreatment and bullying. Together, we can all work hard to make schools a safer place. Be a friend, an ally, and help those who are silent like I was. Everyone is meant to be different and everyone is meant to be treated as equal.

I hope you enjoy this story and will take a stand against bullying.

By: -Taylor, 2013

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