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Posted: 5/13/2011

I have written a poem with an idea of how to deal bullies that I think is important to be told.

How to Deal with School Bullies

Were you ever bullied around
During your long high school years?
Did they get you to hate class
And cause you much tears?

Did they give you a wedgie?
Or a wet swirlie too?
Did they take all your money
So you couldn't get food?

Did they make you lose friends?
Did they use you to blame?
Did they steal your good jokes
Yet say that you're lame?

Did they cheat off your tests
Did they steal all your work?
Did they embarrass you in public
And say you're a jerk?

How bad did it hurt?
How much pain were you in?
Was it bad enough to go into your locker
And lock yourself in?

I can't fully sympathize with
You, if that's true
But I know someone who feels the same.
Yet he's made it through.

When the turtle's attacked by his enemies
The one thing he knows how to do
Is feel comfortable deep in his own shell
As he patiently makes it through.

He doesn't fight, he doesn't cry
He just stays there sitting strong
He's quiet about all that's said
Yet knows deep down they're wrong.

He waits alone with just himself
As the predators all quit,
Because what he's got going for him is way too much
And he can take the hit.

He knows that in time despite that he's slow
He'll pass by all of them.
Because he knows inside that they are all rotten
And he'll be the crème de la crème.

So before you lock yourself in a locker,
Take advice from the turtle, indeed.
Don't fall cuz of them, don't change who you are
Keep doing what you do; and breathe.

By: Yosef

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How Bullying Impacted My Friend

Posted: 5/13/2011

I have a friend who used to never talk to me. It literally took me three years before she actually spoke to me in person. We arenow the best of friends and incredibly close. The reason it took so long for her to come around and talk to me was because she was bullied.

Her freshman year of high school, a girl made fun of her voice. Keep in mind that this was only her freshman year. She was already dealing with being in a new school and knowing no one. So, when this girl made fun of her, she was continuely harassed. She became very insecure and stopped talking; literally never spoke a word all four years of high school.

She is now what one would call a hermit. In the eyes of a professional, she'd probably be told that she has a social phobia disorder.

On a good day, she may hang out with me or go out with her family; but I promise that is very rare.

She told me that she would probably be a very different person, even more outgoing had she never been bullied in high school. I think she still could have been a different person had someone just stood up for her. I didn't know her well when she was bullied, but if I'd known her better or witnessed someone mess with her, I would have stepped in.

Words do hurt. Sure, some people can handle it, but many can't. I don't think people are aware enough of the outcome of verbal harrassment.

My friend could have turned out to be a very outgoing individual. Instead, I have to watch her struggle with the fear of even leaving her own house.

Bullying is a very serious matter. If you ever see someone being bullied at school, or anywhere for that matter, you should always help the person being attacked. Even if you don't know the person, by you stepping in, you may change that person's life for the better.

By: Dawn

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The Former Bullied, Now Not Afraid

Posted: 5/13/2011

Hi, I am in middle school. I am very short for my age. I was home schooled for 3 years, but my parents wouldn't tell me why! I did not know I was small for my age until my parents finally let me go to the nursery during church.

It took me a few weeks to notice, then it started. A girl in the class noticed my height compared two hers and new this could be her chance to get on top and be the big one the alpha dog, or the popular one. I did not tell my parents even though they knew. My parents held me in home schooling for 1 more year . When 3rd grade rolled along I convinced them to let me go to school. They did let me go. I was okay the 1st few months because I was the new girl, but when another girl came after me the bullies got their cue and headed right for me. The bullies seemed to always get away with it and somehow seem to be able to blame me and get me in trouble because I was so small I felt like I couldn't fight back.

I withstood the bullying for 3 years. When I reached 6th grade I thought I had finally outgrown the bullying because the one bully left and the other became my best friend.

When I went into 7th grade my friend found a new friend and redirected the bullying right back to me. She caught me off guard so it was so un expected it made my emotions shatter and totally embarrass myself in front of the bully the teachers and my class mates. The next year i left I am now in 8th grade and I am home schooled again I am afraid to go back because I will be at the bottom of the food chain again because I will be in 9th grade! I may be afraid but I have great parents and teachers back at the school who will help me. I am still short but at least now I re-built my self esteem. I am ready. Your site really helped!!!

Thank you PACER you changed my world!!!

The former bullied now not afraid

By: Anonymous

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A Girl From Belgium

Posted: 5/13/2011

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My vision on a girl who is been bullied and want that it stops and this is what she would say. I once wrote this myself. It's about a girl who would rather be invisible. written by me with her words.

Me, I'm tired, "she says. The humiliations, people who mock with people, I do not need them! I, I want to be invisible, no one will notices me then, no problems, no more pain .every time over and over again, year after year, always the same song.

But unfortunately, how invisible you just want to be, how more visible you just become. How hard you try, you stand alone and you have no way out, your back is against the wall. You start every year with good cheer in a classroom but it gets broken.

A woman in high and strong boots can do whatever she wants. A woman so shy and still can’t move anymore, not alone. Sometimes doing things alone are practically impossible. Do something together as a team that makes you strong and convincing that you get to the top, whatever will happen. but still nobody sees you standing. you do not say much.

Afraid of the reactions of others? Absolutely! Afraid of what others think of you, you just give things but you don't take anything in return, you don't dare, you need an adrenaline rush, standing in front the class to say something, you die on that spot, your legs are shaking, altercation in your voice, just Not Normal. AFFRAID is the word. AFFRAID !!!!!!

OR I'm Tired! so tired!

I want that it STOPS for once and for All!


Greetz

Me! Kristiena Smets from Belgium

By: Kristiena

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I Am Me

Posted: 5/13/2011

Hello my name is Mackenzie, I am in 6th grade and this my story.

In 4th grade, I had a friend who told me something I thought wasn't appropriate for our age. Of course, I told my mom what she said my mom called the girls mother. After that day, she treated me differently. She would do things like, step on my foot, shove me in the hallways, steal my notebook, and write things on my desk. Things in fifth grade didn't get any better,  the bully started picking on my friend, for being my friend. My mom had called the bully's mother, again and the school, but it didn't  get anywhere until, my mom pulled me out of school and began researching our school policies.  My mom found out that the school didn't take proper notes of the incident and rallied with other parents to pressure the Board of Education to place the policy to protect kids from bullying in our school system. It's been a slow process but I did return to school after 2 months, I wasn't going to let the bully ruin my last year in elementary.  Since then things have been good, I entered the 5th grade talent show and met a musicproducer that I have been working with. I still go to school with the bully and she doesn't bully me any more.

From this experience I have learned, to be strong and confident in who I am  I know that I can do anything I set my mind to and I want the people that hear my song "I am me", to feel the same way. I have attached my song...
Hope you like it!

Sincerely, Mackenzie

By: Mackenzie

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Notes:

This is a great song about being ok with who you are!

A Mother's Story

Posted: 5/13/2011

My daughter has Asperger Syndrome, which means she had a hard time making friends at school because she doesn't understand social nuance very well. Seven years ago, when she was in 10th grade, a teacher left the room and a bunch of popular girls in the back of the class started talking very loudly. When my daughter turned around to look at them the leader of the girls yelled, "What areyou looking at?"

The room got very quiet because everyone was expecting my daughter to act embarassed.

My daughter may not have the greatest social skills but she also doesn't worry too much about whether or not she's popular. In addition, she has a great sense of humor.  So when the mean girl shouted out to her, she just smiled a big smile and loudly responded, "You!  I'm looking at you!  'Cause you're so pretty!"

The leader turned beet red as the rest of the class burst out laughing at her. She even started hitting her friends and saying, "Stop laughing!" which made everyone laugh even more.

PS: My daughter never did become popular with most of the school but she never felt bad about it because she developed her own circle of close friends.

By: Jackie

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Sing To The Lost

Posted: 5/13/2011

I decided to send in a poem that I've written. Fortunately I haven't had to endure much bullying in my life so far, probably because I've been home schooled since 6th grade. However I feel that I have a responsibility to support others who are having to deal with bullying. I went to elementary school with a few kids who were tormented on a regular basis, and really wish I had had the confidence and courage to stick up for them. I'm very passionate about writing, and my main goal is to inspire and help others with what I do. For this reason I wanted to send in an original poem about bullying and just pressure in general that everyone seems to go through. If I can inspire even just one person with this, that would amazing.

 

Sing to the Lost

Beautiful people,
You were not meant to endure these tragedies
Smoke from each fire clouds your memories of joy in the past
Loss and gain,
Hazy days
They will not be all that is left in the end
Miracles of love are working now
You're watching and waiting for a day to be saved
Taken away from the misery forced upon you
Even though you need the most,
You're not asking for much
A stable shoulder,
A steady hand
Anything to keep you from being knocked down once again
Tell the lonely to never stop believing
Sing to the lost and maybe they'll find their way back
Leave your burdens where you found them
They don't need anything else to carry
Catch your doubts before they spread too far
Their hearts don't have room for another scare
Let's pick up our selflessness before we all fall apart

By: Sara

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I Hurt, I Cry, I Run, I Hide

Posted: 5/13/2011

It Hurts When You Just Stand And Watch,
When You Don't Do Anything About It Because,
I Hurt I Cry I Run I Hide,
Nothing Seems To Help And I Don't Know Why,
I'm Crying Out For Help And Don't Realize It,
Do You See How This Effected Me...Is It Worth It?
I Want Someone Do Reach Out And Feel My Pain,
Can You Make This Misery Go Away?
Can We Make A Difference And Let It Shine?
Bullying Can Stop If You Do The Right Thing And Try,
I Know It Hurts I Know It Can Be A Lot,
If You Don't Do Anything It Will Be Like A Time Bomb Ready To Pop,
You Can Act Now And Start Hurrying,
Please Stop Bullying.

By: Anonymous

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You Will Feel Better

Posted: 5/13/2011

I have been bullied before. I was the new girl in my middle school (which was many years ago), and for some reason a girl who I never met before decided she wanted to pick on me. What she and some of my other classmates did was a lot emotional bullying. After dealing with it for several months, I reached my breaking point and told my mom about it.

She encouraged me to talk to my teacher to see how I could resolve this problem, and I'm glad I did. For once, I felt powerful over the people who once thought picking on me was "fun" and counted it as a major victory. Cheesy, I know, but that's what it felt like for me. So to the people who are dealing with being bullied, you need to stand up for yourself--NEVER stoop down to the bullies' level. When they tell you "You're stupid", "You'll never be able to do that" or anything that brings down your self-confidence, tell yourself that you are capable of doing anything no matter what they say.

If the bullying gets to a point when you can't take it anymore, please go to talk to a trusted adult for help. Once when you get the help you need, you'll feel so much better about yourself."

By: Justine

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Take Action!

Posted: 5/13/2011

"I know what it feels like. You are not alone. Talk to someone. Things will improve. Be strong!"

By: Laura

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