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Head High

Posted: 2/23/2015

He walks down the hall with his shoulders hunched,
When his head should be held high.
He keeps his chin down to stay out of sight,
Just trying his best to get by.
Insults fly by his head…horrible and mean,
He looks for help everywhere, but no help can be seen.
He sighs and looks down,
Not a teacher in sight
As dozens of students laugh at his plight.
He just wants a friend, is that too much to ask?
Just a friend to stand by him among this faceless mass.
Suddenly, a yell rings out,
An angry one at that.
Is she mean, kind, friend, or foe?
He looks to where the face is at.
Her face is angry, she steps up,
To yell at everyone else.
He dares to hope…is she on his side?
Will she help him in this fight?
She takes him by the shoulder,
A smile on her face,
Leading him away from the chaos,
And to a safer, kinder place.

By: Sarah Luttrell, 8th Grader

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Thanks for the resource

Posted: 2/13/2015

Dear PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center

Thanks for making "Safety in the Online Community: A conversation with your 13-year-old about Facebook and Instagram" it's such a great resource. I loved it and learned so much about bullying and computer safety. Here is another link that also helped me in my learning about online safety that helps protect kids online.

Keep up the good work and thanks again!

Sincerely Lauren, Age 12

By: Lauren

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Inspiration in a song

Posted: 2/12/2015

When Connor experienced bullying at school, he turned to his favorite country artist for comfort. Being able to sing along with Rich Cloke’s song “Wanting You” brought this young boy with Tourette Syndrome delight. To thank Rich for all the happiness his song had given him, Connor sent him a wonderful letter.

Hi Rich Cloke
I love your song wanting you I think it’s the beast one. I love the video, I have turrts, I twich and jurk and gasp and sometimes they hurt me. Some times they make me cry and some times I cry and say I don’t want this. Y do I have to have it. When I have a bad day I watch or lisin to country videos it makes me feel better. Have a good night.

This message touched Rich, as he saw the joy his music brought Connor after experiencing bullying. In response to this meaningful message from Connor, Rich decided to reach out with an amazing message of his own.

Hi, Connor, it’s Rich Cloke, and this is a special message just for you, because you’re an awesome guy. Your letter meant a lot to me. And I was blown away by the video of you singing along to “Wanting You”.

Living with Tourette’s can be a pretty big challenge, especially when you get bullied. Kids bully for all sorts of reasons. But, know this, it’s not your fault and you don’t deserve to be treated that way. There are people you can count on for support, like your mom, your friends, teachers and other adults, and it’s good to ask them to help. There are lots of people who care about you, and now I’m one of them.

I’m really proud to have a fan like you, Connor, and you should be proud, too. I want you to stay strong and believe in yourself. And when you get sad, remember that you’re not alone and that everything is going to be OK. Hang in there, little buddy!

This powerful story shows that bullying is truly a community issue, as it involves students, parents, educators, and even country artists! When we all stand together, no one has to stand alone.

By: Anonymous

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The Silent One

Posted: 1/30/2015

In high school I've had classmates who made fun of me because of my shyness, and used it as a punch line for their joke.It only made me become even more shy. There was a time when I was walking to my locker and I ran into a classmate who looked like a rapper and he yelled to get out of his way. I was terrified and went to my counselor. His response was," you don't need to be afraid of him". I couldn't believe it.

My message to others who are being bullied, or have been bullied is to remember they are not what the bullies say. You are worthy, you are smart, you are good enough. Don't be afraid to speak up. Some one will listen. Someone will stand up for you. You are not alone and never will be. Teachers, principals, counselors if you are not sure how to handle the situation, educate yourselves. Don't look the other way, Your students need you. They need someone to protect them. Let's end bullying together and help the ones who are suffering out loud and in silence.

By: Brandy Miller

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Safe Schools

Posted: 12/18/2014

What does it mean to have a safe school?
Does it mean that things have to be cool?
Find the answer we must,
Or our student’s lives might be lost.
Whether physical, social or emotional threats,
Our students deserve protection from the best.
As their teacher, I pledge to you all,
I pledge to help them stand tall!
One way to help prevent such disarray,
Is to create an environment that sends no one away.
Teachers that have an open door,
Invite students and gives them an arena to explore.
As a teacher it is my obligation,
To report all misbehavior that occurs in my station!
But I promise to go one step higher,
To help our students drown the smoke before it becomes a fire.
Keeping students safe is a huge priority,
And I promise to do everything within my authority.
As parents you must help by being our eyes and ears,
To help eliminate any potential fears!
These fears can come in any way shape or form,
All are unacceptable and require students to transform!
Students have increased pressure to embody all things,
And as role models we must help teach them to live without these strings!

One major issue that we must all explore,
Is the role of bullying needs to be no more!
The many faces of bullying plague our halls,
And as teachers and parents we must take a stand before a student falls!
The supposed sense a power that bullies get,
Surpasses are rules that are supposed to be set!
Bullying can happen to any student in school,
And causes hurt, shame, embarrassment and feelings that are so cruel!
Making a victim out of students to make yourself feel good,
Is evidence that something is wrong and misunderstood.
Bullying can happen in so many different ways,
Physical contact, one word, one gesture, one sentence, I could really go on for days!
83% of bullying occurs with no intervention and continue to plague our teens,
Think about what that really means!
Only half our teachers have been properly trained,
Statistics like these do not help eliminate all that needs to be restrained.
Help educators and staff eliminate such acts on school grounds and in our halls,
Support our schools and teachers to make all the right calls!
It does not matter which way a student is shamed,
All must be remedied in order to be tamed.
As teacher and parents we have a big role with such dealings,
None more important than to remind ourselves to trust our feelings!
No matter what we think the repercussions might be,
We are responsible to hold students to the same responsibility.
We have such great responsibility to help make our schools safe and secure,
Students deserve nothing less as they mature!
I pledge to ensure I employ all the traits I am assigned,
To ensure no student is left behind

By: Kelly, a candidate at a teaching credential program

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Posted: 12/17/2014

Written by Anna Richey and Rich Parkinson
am, f, c, g-sus-g (g-c-d)

On the highway heading out
I disappear without a sound
You never tried to hear me out
You broke my soul I’m damaged now

When I was strong you cursed me weak
With sticks and stones you stole my streak
Out of order, incomplete

(cuz I’ve) Broken into a thousand pieces
Woken from a night of demons
You built my trust then broke my walls
Built me up to watch me fall
Now I'm patching up the seams
You can’t leave me broken

I pulled the knives out from my back
Forever scarred from the attacks
I’m rising now from a crowd of laughs (trying to hold me back)
But I’m complete at last

(cuz I’ve) Broken into a thousand pieces
Woken from a night of demons
You built my trust then broke my walls
Built me up to watch me fall
Now I'm patching up the seams
You can’t leave me broken

Pieces break off now and then
Until I glue them back again


(cuz I’ve) Broken into a thousand pieces
Woken from a night of demons
You built my trust then broke my walls
Built me up to watch me fall
Now I'm patching up the seams
You can’t leave me broken


You can’t leave me broken

By: Anna Richey

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Perfect is Everyone

Posted: 12/12/2014

My story is really sad. When I’m in 3rd grade, I don’t have any real friends. The kids always make fun of me for my weird personality. They always call me "squeaky voice" and "weirdo". When I’m in my room, I always sob in the inside and every day, I cannot escape the torture. In 6th grade, on my birthday, boys at PE made fun of me and I eventually lost it. I came home in tears because of those jerks. But, in 7th grade, my sister and I bond and she inspire me to see myself as a wonderful being. If it wasn’t for her, I would never feel special. Now because I’m being myself, I have real friends to accept me for who I am. I am telling a very important message: all the people who are going through this horrible crisis, you are perfect in your own way. You don’t need to worry what others think of you because you are a somebody on your own. Perfect is everyone.

By: Valeria

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The surprising truth about rejection

Posted: 11/26/2014

On July 25th I took the TEDx stage in Fargo, ND and shared my most heartbreaking rejections and biggest humiliations in front of hundreds of people. Yes, it was scary and vulnerable and the events I describe are kind of messed up, but I did it for a good reason: I want to take the stigma of rejection and bullying out of our culture’s collective closet.

We each have our own stories of experiencing rejection. Some of them involve bullying, and others are simply a moment in time we put ourselves out there—we were vulnerable—and things didn’t work out how we wanted them to.

These hurt us and caused real pain. I know it did for me. Our fear of rejection causes us to feel shame and pushes us to hide away. It dampens our own brilliance. When we feel this way do we share it with anyone? NO WAY! That would make us look weak and vulnerable. We keep our rejection a secret because we think it makes us unlovable. We’re afraid if we tell others, they’ll laugh at us, judge us, and make us feel even more pathetic.

But that’s simply not true. I tried to hide my rejections for years and it just made everything worse. Eventually, I discovered that seeking support and being open about my challenges made them easier to overcome, and made me feel much better. It made me feel a sense of relief. By opening up it did the opposite of what I thought it would do. Instead of pushing people away, it brought them closer. By sharing my vulnerabilities it made others comfortable in sharing theirs, and this created a connection between us.

It was (and still is) uncomfortable to share, but learning how to let go of my own shame around rejection and instead using it as an opportunity to connect with others has been a major breakthrough in my life. And I bet it will be in yours too. You are not alone and I hope by sharing my story you can see that we are in this together. It’s in our collective efforts that this movement will grow and have the impact on those who need to hear it.

By: Cam Adair

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Don't Take The Blame

Posted: 11/7/2014

Soon as I wake up it begins. Ugly. Sloppy. Unable. It’s always like that.
As I pass they look at me. Fat. Grubby. Disgusting. They proceed.
Nobody does anything. Dumb. Loser. Laggard. They laugh and point at me.
They isolate me. Skinny. Weird. Stupid. It never stops.
They beat me up. They have no limits. It has no end.
I can’t stand it anymore. It’s so painful. It’s all too much.
Nobody admits. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares.
I need help. I can’t do it by my own.
Scream isn’t enough anymore. Ask for help is worse.
I have to put an end.
Don’t take the blame.
Say no to bullying!

By: The advertising students of ESPM-SP/Brazil: Ana Carolina Crepaldi, Giuliana Angelini, Livia Santos, Mariana Bertolani, Marina Roge, Paloma Suzukawa

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Be the Change

Posted: 10/28/2014

Lasting damage caused by thoughtless words
Voicing insensitive judgments just to be heard
Your words are daggers, painful, penetrating, cuts
Your mouth runs off, but results in what?
They walk around with heads bowed low, defeated, drained, and empty
Each word and phrase played over embedded in their memories.
He’s been robbed of years of mental stability and strength
To mend the mental wounds would be a task of significant length.
She tries to mask her life, a stream of treacherous pain
He fights an internal battle striving to stay sane.
She gives of her body openly, worthlessness she feels
He has no understanding of exactly how to heal.
Your victimizing, mistreatment, and harsh verbal abuse
Cause thoughts of depression and sadness, they’ve got nothing to lose.
We must stop the bullying before it’s too late.
Change how you treat others, stop with the HATE.
Be the change, the one to make the first move
Treat others with kindness, only then will it prove
That words will move mountains… at least in their eyes
Many will gain strength and you’ll be surprised
Love and respect make this world a better place
Peace and harmony will triumph and you’ll be amazed.

By: Juli

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