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Posted: 5/3/2011

I've never been the person to really have a voice for something. I'm known to be funny at times, but most of the time, I'm the quietest one in the room. When I do talk, I sometimes have a stutter or I can't enunciate some words as they do. I never really cared about my enunciation problem, because no one ever brought it up. But one day I went into the bathroom and a few seconds later a few girls walked in and were laughing, they didn't know I was in there. They were going on about how I can't read and kept repeating "ta ta ta today junior". Sometimes, the bullying may not be face to face, but bullying behind your back can hurt even worse. The people who you thought were your friends turn out to make fun of you and call you names. That's when it really hurts.

By: Fall Out Girl

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A Look Back

Posted: 5/3/2011

My name is Mary and I am 22 years old. I heard of this program from Demi Lovato at a concert this past year. I just want to say THANK YOU for developing such awareness to bullying. When I was younger there was nothing out there like this. When I was in grade school and high school I use to be teased, because of my weight and my smarts. I use to have food thrown at me and called names on a daily basis. The truth is they the bullies who was doing it didn’t know how sick I was and that is why I had and still have a weight issue. I was too scared to tell anyone so I kept it to myself and I think that was one of the worse moves. But instead I didn’t let the kids get to me instead I became stronger and it made me who I am today. I learned to be positive and just be me and not let anyone get under my skin because if you do that way they are winning.

The truth I discovered is they are just bullies because they have their own insecurities. So today I look back and I see how accomplish I became versus the bullies and in the end I know I won! I would like to help in any way I can with this program, because I know the pain these teens are going through. I want to help to try to stop kids hurting themselves or taking their own lives because of this. I want them to understand that is a way of the bullies winning and having power. I want to help kids be strong and take a stand and realize we are all equals and all are going through the same thing.

By: Mary

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Notes:

The words that people use can be powerful weapons.

My Best Friend Did Not Deserve This!

Posted: 5/3/2011

This is my personal experience with bullying. It is the story of my best friend.

Well today at school, my best friend was bullied really badly. He has always been bullied ever since we were little (we are in 8th grade now)! Most of the boys make fun of him and call him "gay". They make fun of him because he hangs out with the girls (like me)! My best friend is bullied so much that he gets counseling!!! Today one boy (who is known for being bad and I think he is a juvenile delinquent) made fun of my best friend by telling him how gay he was and then he.....well let’s just say he made it look like he was doing something that is really inappropriate!!!!! Anyway, I unfortunately was not in this class so I couldn’t stand up for him like I would normally do!!!! I was in my music class but after that class we all go to recess/lunch and that was when my other friend told me what happened and told me that he was in the front office crying so hard that he couldn’t talk!!! They had to call his mom to come get him!!!! I don’t even think they did any discipline to the bully!!! at least they haven’t yet!!!! I think he should be suspended!!! At lunch the bully was going around telling all the boys what he had done, in other words he was bragging about it!!! The sad part is I don’t even think that he is sorry!!!! My best friend did not deserve this!! He is a really nice person!!! I don’t know what to do!!!! All I ever do is stand up for him but this time I wasn’t around to help him!!!!!! I don’t know how to make him feel better!!!!!!!!!!

I believe bullying is wrong and that the world should hear his story and see how bad an effect bullying has on kids!!!!!

By: Casey

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Just Because I'm Smart

Posted: 5/3/2011

Just because I'm smart.
Doesn't mean I study all the time.
Doesn't mean I deserve to be bullied.
Doesn't mean I'm better than everyone.
I'm me and I'm loving it.

By: Breanna

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Moving

Posted: 5/3/2011

I was born with Cerebral Palsy that only affected the right side of my body. I can walk, talk, run, write and read on my own. I feel like any other almost fourteen year old girl. In my old neighborhood, the kids knew me well, they never judged me.

When I was seven, I moved. They kids called me things like "The Creeper" or even "It". We had a special language class, we learned the native language. The teacher would always fail me because I couldn't pronounce the words. The kids would mock me for this, saying this like "I don't speak Chinese, Creeper". When I was in gym, some boys would throw their shoes at my face and claim it was an "accident". Then, a boy pushed me into a small creek after school, which was covered in ice. If my friend wasn't there, I might have died because back then, I couldn't swim.

By: AMF

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Notes:

Students with disabilities are often bullied because of the characteristics of their disability, which is NOT something that can be changed. Take the chance to get to know someone who is different from you, you will be glad you did.

More People Will Get Hurt

Posted: 5/3/2011

I was bullied in Elementary and Middle School. I'm a junior in high school now and while it's gotten better, it's still there in one way or another. In middle school, I'd be publicly humiliated-they'd pull my hair or pull down my pants to see my underwear, they'd threaten me and make fun of me when I backed out...they'd shove me against lockers and I was jumped in the hallway in 7th grade. Two girls just kept beating me up and wouldn't stop-other kids would just stand, watch, and laugh... they'd take my books and throw them in the hall, they would break into my locker and take my things...they even broke into my gym locker and took my clothes.

I was boo-ed at when I won an award and I was pushed down the stairs or in the hall or off the stage.

In high school, it's more verbal. People say the worst things imaginable. They criticize, they harass, they humiliate you. But whether it's physical or not, it's hurtful and wrong. We have to stop this before it gets worse. The people behind us will just continue if we don't end it NOW. Bullying is serious-we should stand together to stop it or more and more people will get hurt.

Rock on!!!  ~Peace and Love~

By: Amanda

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If you see or hear someone being harassed, try to get them out of the situation. Ask them to come sit with you, distract the person doing the bullying, you can make a difference.

W.H.Y.

Posted: 5/3/2011

I have been bullied for a long time. They would make fun of me, take my things, and hurt me. One day a girl came and pushed me down in the bathroom. If i had hit my head any harder, I would have gotten a concusion. After all the bullying to me and my friends, our school started a W.H.Y. program to stop bulling. It stands for We Help You, and ever since we started the program, almost no one has been bullyed. I never told I was being bullyed, but after I did, Im glad I did. What you should do is stand up to them and tell teachers and parents. It helped me, I hope it helps you.

By: Alyssa P.

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If you are being bullied, you deserve to be safe. Don't be silent, talk with someone about it. You don't need to go through this alone.

Laura's Story

Posted: 4/18/2011

I was teased terribly all through school, beginning in third grade. I remember being humiliated in front of my friends. In forth grade, the students began to call me, "robot." Because I have aspergers syndrome(which I did not know about back then), I walk stiffly and I do not move my arms when I walk. This is why the other kids thought I looked like a robot when I walk. One time when I was at my brother's baseball game, one of the kids said, "look, there's the robot." He started imitating the way I walk. My mom was with me and saw the whole thing. She pulled the boy aside and told him that it was not nice to call people names and that he should stop.

The worst teasing happened in fifth grade. I remember one cold day after lunch, I was about to go out to recess. I was standing by the door and I saw the kids all gathered there waiting for me and calling out my name. I knew that something awful was about to happen, but I did not know what. I went into the bathroom for a few minutes and thought about what to do. There was a paraprofessional standing right by the door and I thought about telling her that something was going to happen to me, but I was too embarrassed.

I walked out the door. All of the other kids held hands and formed a ring around me and would not let me out. They walked around in a circle and said a lot of hurtful comments, which I do not remember. Then they began kicking me. Somehow I broke loose. Every day at recess, I would try to run away from them so that they would not do this. I would hide on the playground somewhere, but I was never safe. They would always find me. When they did find me they would say mean comments and began kicking me just like they did that first day.

I moved from school to school, trying to avoid being teased, but I was never able to get away from it. By high school, I had no self-esteem left at all. I would walk through the halls with my head down, afraid to look at anyone or talk to anyone. I remember these two boys in high school who would prey on this. They would come up behind me and scream in my ear. I would get scared and drop all of my books, spill my lunch, or whatever and the other kids would laugh.

School was miserable for me. I think something dramatic needs to be done to prevent bullying. I feel very strongly about this. The sad thing is, these kids probably do not even realize what an impact their comments and actions had on me. They do not realize what they did to me. I also think that teachers need to incorporate more about bullying into their daily curriculum. They need to educate the students on how to treat each other.

By: Laura

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Behind your back

Posted: 4/18/2011

Bullying is . . . talking behind someone’s back.

By: Anonymous

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Bullying Hurts

Posted: 4/18/2011

Bullying can be when people pick on you everyday and don’t realize that they are really hurting your feelings. They make you feel bad about yourself and it makes you want to change yourself.

By: Anonymous

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