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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.

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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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It's No Joke

Posted: 4/18/2011

Name calling is the biggest problem in my opinion. It's something that people pretend to take as a joke, but really it hurts.

By: Anonymous

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"Cool"

Posted: 4/18/2011

A girl wanted to be in the “cool” group. She did anything to get in. One day she walked up to the “cool” group and they were talking about a birthday party that weekend. That days was a Friday and on a Monday everyone was celebrating and talking about the other girl’s birthday. The girl was so sad and she got mad.

By: Anonymous

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Bullying Is…

Posted: 4/18/2011

Bullying . . . gossip, telling people to their face that they are ugly or have not as nice clothes, tripping people in the halls, laughing when someone walks by, asking someone to hang out and then saying "NO!"

By: Anonymous

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A Glare

Posted: 4/18/2011

Girls can bully just by glaring at you.

By: Anonymous

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Sarcasm

Posted: 4/18/2011

When someone bullies you they may say things like “nice outfit” or “cool hair” with a sarcastic tone that makes you feel bad. Or maybe people look at you weird and then whisper things and laugh.

By: Anonymous

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Verbal Bullying

Posted: 4/18/2011

Girls get bullied verbally more than physically. Girls bully in a way that can tear down another person’s confidence. Also, girls sometimes don’t do it to the other girls face, by texting or the computer with IM. This is even worse because you can’t really hear the voice and know what they are saying or thinking. Many girls spread rumors that aren’t true about the other person

By: Anonymous

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Bullying Is…

Posted: 4/18/2011

Bullying can be many different things. I think mostly when girls bully each other it’s more verbal rather than physical. When I think of girls bullying each other, the bullying I’ve seen is more that girls ignore each other. Sometimes it may be that a group of girls exclude one girl intentionally. Girls also spread rumors that they know aren’t true about another girl. They also sometimes talk about other girls behind their backs.

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