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Her platform: Bullying prevention

Posted: 9/16/2015

Ever since I moved to the United States I always heard stories about children being bullied. It gets in my bones. When I was chosen as Mrs Albania International and went on to compete for Mrs International 2015, we were asked to choose a platform and that's when I took a chance and picked bullying prevention. No kid should be afraid to go to school. Every kid deserves to live a happy life and be able to make friends.This is the reason I requested the proclamation and I am so greatful that Governor Rauner signed it. All schools in Illinois are encouraged to follow it and help kids that are targets of bullying.

By: Mrs. Albania

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You’ll Be Glad You Did

Posted: 9/8/2015

Hello. Like most of you reading this, I have been bullied. It all started in kindergarten. There was a bully named Angelica who would pull my hair and steal my lunch, and threaten to do worse things if I told anyone. So I didn't. I was naive and young back then, so I didn't. Eventually, she got caught. She has never bullied me again, but it's not like we're best friends either. For the next 3 years, there were all of these programs claiming they'd "stop bullying " or "stomp out bullying forever". Well, they did a good job. Until the 4th grade, when everybody started to figure out little loopholes in order to "poke fun with their fellow classmates", which really was bullying. All of the adults didn't really deem it as "bullying", because what kids would do is they would make fun of one kid and toss a few insults at him or her, and then move on to the next kid. It wasn't repetitive, and it wasn't "bullying" in their eyes, so the adults really didn't do anything about it. This would go on in the playground, in the bathroom, in the cafeteria, and occasionally in the back of the bus- the only places where us kids weren't supervised and could pretty much say what we wanted to say, as long as it wasn't too loud. In the 4th grade, I was bullied again. I was one of the rare cases- not the one where they just insulted you a couple of times, then moved on while another kid did the same to you. There was this kid named Maria, who would insult my friend Maddy just because her mom was gay. I didn't have any problem with it, but apparently Maria did. I tried telling adults, but since they never saw the bullying themselves (it often happened in the 'secret' places I mentioned) they kept on saying they couldn't do anything about it. I told my parents, who said they'd keep an eye out for any more bullying. One day they installed a security camera in the playground, which pretty much took care of that problem. Then I stayed bully-free until the 6th grade. I turned out to be one of the smallest kids in the whole bunch, and so were my friends, Polly and Diana. This band of 8th graders would parade the school like it was their own school, and would pick out the smallest kids and bully them. You get the picture. One day, though, the group got a little too overconfident, and started yelling at us loudly. Then the Tech and Ag teacher saw the whole thing. They asked what was going on, and the whole thing was cleared up. I know there will be more bullying to come, and I hope that the odds for another episode will decrease. What all of this has taught me is, not everyone will like you and the programs that claim to stomp out bullying forever really don't stomp out bullying forever. If anyone is reading this and stuck in the same situation as I was, don't wait. Talk to an adult now. You'll be glad you did.

By: Julia

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One person

Posted: 8/28/2015

My heart can't take anymore
Heal my soul
This truth needs to be told
Been called stupid,ugly,freak
Made me feel weak

One person can help all
One word please before I fall
Into this land of tears
That holds my tears
And insecurities

By: Jaena

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Posted: 8/28/2015

Stop picking on me, please, just leave me alone;

I’ve done nothing to you, I’m just trying to go home.

You might think it’s funny, the kind of clothes I wear,

But I don’t understand why you would even care.

So what if I wear thick glasses because I need help to see,

Because I see clearly you’re someone I hope I’ll never be.

Every time you call me ‘stupid,’ that really hurts me too,

Trust me, you would feel the same if it was said to you.

I might be small and might be weak but that is no excuse,

My body size is something that I just did not choose.

I know I like to spend recess escaping into my books;

It’s unfair that when I try to smile you give me dirty looks.

The bruises on my arm you gave still are black and blue,

I really wish you could see yourself through my point-of-view.

School is a place that I should be able to learn and have fun,

But you took that joy away from me and now I’m left with none.

I don’t have many friends and I feel I don’t fit in,

My whole life I’ve fought a losing battle and for once I’d like to win.

My home life is very hard, and my parents fight each day,

They tell me they don’t love me and they wished I’d go away.

I have nobody I can talk to, and it makes me cry at night,

I hoped school could pull me out of my darkness and finally show me light.

So please, I beg you, leave me be, I feel fragile and distraught,

Because you don’t know a thing about the battles that I’ve fought.

By: Ryan

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Me Eating Lunch Alone

Posted: 8/25/2015

My name is Steven Nieves, I filmed this as a freshman in High School; during my lunch period. That is why you see me eating a bagel. If this video comes across a bit confusing, please continue reading this description. High School was very hard for me. I was bullied pretty much everyday my freshmen year of high school. This moment captured on film was me eating lunch alone. I was rejected by the students, so I ate in the corner.

This video was posted by mistake. When I say mistake, I didn't expect anyone to view it. If you happened to find this, watch closely, I put on a fake smile. My eyes look lost, confused, and I'm also a bit paranoid. I tried so hard to prevent the headlights from shining on me, THAT IS WHY MY LAPTOP WAS OUT FILIMING. I spent most of my days dodging packets of ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, chopped up carrots, oranges, and French-fries. Some days I ate in the bathroom.

I don't have any friends.

I come back to this video once and a while and I'm the only one who can truly see the sadness in my eyes, and face because I relive this moment over and over. Eating lunch alone is probably the worst feeling in the world. Especially when you're sick with depression and anxiety. (you had depression and anxiety?) {I still have it!}

How I was Bullied:

  • Mentally ( name calling low self esteem )
  • Verbally ( name calling / cussed at )
  • Physically ( throwing food at me, and tripping me )

This video has been supported by thousands of people, I appreciate all of you! Ke$ha tweeted "I would sit with you!!" Justin Bieber's Dad, Jeremy Bieber also retweeted a fan tweeting about my video! Thank you guys so much! I love you!

By: Steven Nieves

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Ever been bullied and done bullying?

Posted: 8/5/2015

I have a interesting story... Have you ever been bullied and done bullying before? I have. When people used to call me names and stuff I got really sad. But sometimes I would call another person names too. I never noticed until one day the kid I called names after the other people called me names told me "hey. I know they call you stuff. I know your mad. But please don't take it all out on me." I didn't get it at first. But then I realized that I bullied that kid. I remember that I started crying and asking for forgiveness. "I know it's not easy to forgive me. But please. Can you forgive me? I never noticed that I did that to you." The kid forgave me. He said he knew it was tough and that he would help me react to bullying better by not calling anyone names. Eventually we talked to a teacher and it stoped. But then they started bullying me again. But this time they pushed me and said worse things. When I couldn't take it we had to talk to a teacher. But that teacher didn't do anything about it. We had to talk to seven teachers after that and none would do anything. When we asked the eighth teacher he talked to some people in the staff so the bullying could stop. Finally it did. I don't know what the teachers and the staff did. But it stopped. I was really happy. I wish bullying would just stop. It hurts a lot of people physically and emotionally.

By: Anonymous

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Posted: 7/8/2015

When you first meet someone you don't know what to think
But once a friend their always one
That's what I used to think
Then one day 'it' started
The name calling
The push talking
The ruff tumble
And it was just me

She was my mate
Now I was filled with hate
And it was just me

No-one wanted to be involved
They all looked away and followed her example
Afraid to stand up
Tall and proud
And not be afraid
To fall down
And it was just me

Growing up your told
Tell on the bully
Don't let them defeat you
But then YOUR there
Filled with threats, bets
Dancing around your head
And it was just me

You want to tell
But then you remember like the ring of a bell
Tell and I'll bully you more, and I'll never, ever stop
And it was just me

You stand up
They push you down
With a hand on your chest
The serpent strikes
And it was just me

I went home crying
Thought I was dying
From pain
From hatred
From the bully
And it was just me

Then I visited PACER
And I thought
If you don't fit in, you stand out
A target
A wasp in a bee hive
But that's not a bad thing
You may be nicer
More caring
YOU have to defeat them
The jealous people
Hand in hand
The victims
The pain
The suffering
And together we CAN stop them
Because together we CAN do anything
And in an instant
It wasn't just me anymore
It was US
And I wasn't the only one
We will stop bullying
Because it IS all of us

By: Heather

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Posted: 6/17/2015

Getting bullied is hurtful, scary and depressing. People used to call me fat and swear words. One time in the playground, I was eating my snack and a girl took my lunchbox and put it in the bin and then said " Hey Olivia, we’re playing hide the lunchbox! I’ll give you a hint: It’s dirty and very smelly!" And I knew it must be the bin so I had to put my arm in the bin to get my lunchbox and I was very upset but I didn’t want to tell the teacher because I thought the girl would be even more mean to me. My mistake here was not telling a teacher or adult; don’t make the same mistake.

By: Olivia

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Charly - Everybody's Pretty When They're 18

Posted: 6/9/2015

Available on itunes>>>

You don't know what you want too many choices but you gotta choose one
Can't trust your feet to know which way to turn when the crossroads come

You know sometimes you'll get things wrong but if you want it you've gotta hold on
When they bring you down or leave you out and your whole world crashes down don't you worry Cuz

Everybody's pretty when they're 18
You don't need to think carefully your full of Gonna Be's
And what you touch turns to gold dust
And everything you want is right there
You're gonna look back when your 19
It was so embarrassing and now you know everything
Like how to restart a broken heart when they made you feel like you weren't good enough
But Everybody's pretty, everybody's pretty when they're 18

Insecure, afraid that everybody talks behind your back
Your hair, your clothes they analyze your style like its something you lack
So turn on your heel they ain't gonna steal
All the beauty inside you that you don't see
The day will come
They'll find out they were wrong
So don't forget who you are and who you will become

Ain't nobody perfect
It don't matter how hard you try
All that counts is your heart is on fire
And times gonna show you that
Sticks and stones can strengthen your bones
You were never really alone


By: Charly

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Bullying Needs to End Now

Posted: 6/1/2015

Bullying has been a major problem in America’s schools for many years and it has gotten worse as the years went by. This is an issue that I care so deeply about because I was bullied and teased constantly in school from Kindergarten to the twelve grade. It wasn’t easy to go through what I went through in regular school. Every year I was teased and bullied on a daily basis from Monday to Friday. I had to endure a lot in school from the name calling, physical abuse, and mental abuse. At times I felt like I was alone and that no one cared about me because of what I was going through.

What helped me to get through this ordeal was that I had my mother to talk to me and encourage me. I also had other people such as teachers and principals to help guide me and make me feel better. Despite of all what I went through in school I still manage to make it. I say this to make a point that a lot needs to be done to stop bullying and cyber bullying that is going on in our nation’s schools. It’s not fair and it’s not right that any young person should have to go school and get teased and bullied. No young person should be afraid of going to school knowing that they are going to bullied.

I don’t want any young person to go through what I had to endure when I went to regular school. Bullying needs to be addressed much more in our nation’s schools, churches, and communities. The issue of bullying has too long been overlooked in the news and media and that needs to stop. There is a lot that teachers, principals, school officials and other educators can do to address the issue of bullying and try to stop it from going on by any means necessary. There is so much that parents can do to address bullying. There is so much that we as a community can do to help address bullying. Everyone must stand up and try to put an end to all bullying and cyber bullying going on in America’s schools.

By: Daryl

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