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I feel so bad when I hear stories about kids getting bullied. No body deserves the things people say about them. It angers me when people make fun of someone for being really smart, or when they are really dumb. Even if someone annoys you sometimes doesn't mean you have to make their lives miserable! Every one is special in their own way. Everyone has feelings and everyone wants to be accepted! If you are being bullied just know that we are all out here supporting you and you don't have to feel bad. Every one is created equally. No body is superior to anybody. Theres a song that goes, "let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me" if that was everyone's motto, imagine  how wonderful the world would be! I personally have never been a target of bullying, but I still care because NO ONE deserves to be treated badly.

Elle, 14, FL

My brother gets bullied becasuse he has a cleff-pallet (Speaking disorder) And seeing how we're twins people like to pick on the both of us. It doesn't really bother me that I get picked on, but it bothers me to no end when it happens to my brother. We might fight a lot, but when it comes to something like that, I'm the first person to jump the bullys case over it. Since we moved to our new school he hasn't had any problems, and we've been able to meet new people and have new friends.

Linsey, 15, AR

  People always think thats it's not a big deal to be bullied. That everyone goes through it and it's just a part of life. They don't think about how much the words they say or the actions they do may hurt someone. I've been in the position where I've just wanted to give up because I felt like no one in the world wanted me. I still feel like that sometimes. No matter what people say, being bullied is a huge problem, especially if you're a teenager. No one likes to feel like that.
  If people stopped and thought about what they said for once and thought over how their next words or actions may effect someone, then maybe we wouldn't have bullying. But people don't, so it's here. But enough is enough. Let's stop bullying right here, right now. It's time for it to end.

Autumn, 15, TN

I care because humans do NOT deserve to be bullied. Everyone is equal. I think that we should all "treat others how you want to be treated." Follow the Golden Rule, and sign the petition! Why should someone get bullied because they're "weird?" They're only "weird" because you aren't used to it. If we all expected the worst, we would be pleasnlty surprised, and not bully anyone. 
BAD EXAMPLE: 
Girl: OMG you didn't wear pink like I told you to! I wanted to MATCH! Besides, blue looks so ugly on you.
SOLUTION: OMG, blue? That's, like, the BEST color ever! I love that color too! We're like cotton candy. 

See the difference? 

Anyways, I hope this message gets through to everyone. 
 

Seren, 12, Virginia

I have also been bullied. It goes on at school every single day I can say I have been picked on because I am smaller than some of the kids my age. By smaller I mean shorter. It hurts and it is NOT fair. I have been kicked, hit, and shoved. I have been hurt by people's words and the thing they say to me. I have been bullied and it IS NOT okay. 

chrissy, 12, springdale

some children get bullied everyday.Some get hurt really bad and they dont    do anything about it, i say they should tell a trustworthy adult like a teacher or parent.Im just thankful i dont get bullied and hope i wont.I will help to stop bullying.

Jade, 10, tx

i know what it feels like to be bullied. some of the people just get use to it, they come pre-pared for it until some people speak up.

crystal, 13, il,justice

I was bullied as a child and an adult... Be that person that reaches out to someone who is alone.. You see a kid sitting alone at lunch--go talk to them.. It only takes one kind word to make someone feel like they matter :)

Shari, 43, Oregon

When I was in the fifth grade, I was bullied to a point where my name was written on the wall, along with the boy that I had a crush on. I was terrified, and from there till now, I've been pretty bad with relationships, even just you're ordinary friendships. I know how much it hurts to be bullied; I ran to the library at my elementary school, sobbing. Now, I just try to stand up, because the person who's standing next to me may just be bullied sometime soon, and after that, I won't know what may happen to them. If that person committed suicide, I don't know what I would do with myself. Bullying can really only hurt people, both the victim and the bully. So I'm gonna try the hardest I can to stop it from here out.

Jeni, 15, Wisconsin

I feel that many get bullied online i want to take action, please if you can show me. my school hardly physically bullies, but there are hurtful words. And comments online. I feel like my word wont make a difference, but i feel like i will be the only one who feels to take the risk of speaking up! I want to take action.

I do not want to share my name, 16, NJ

I was bulled in elementary school and no one seemed to be doing anyhing about it. My parents ended up moving me to a private school where the bullying didn't stop but it didn't occur as much. I was lucky enough to have a Dad who taught me how to stick up for myself and it wasn't long before bullies stopped. Now I'm no longer bullied, but I know that it's not easy standing up to so many kids when you're standing alone. I didn't suffer as much as kids these days do even though the words were hurtful I was a very tough girl. But not all of us are tough and that's why we need others to be aware of this issue and what it can do to a child mentally, emotionally and academically. Bullying is a big issue and it needs to be solved. People need to stop looking past it becuase children are suffereing because of it. 

Elaine, 17, US

bullying is not cool so you should not do it

harold , 14, poplarville,ms

I think it's wrong to bully  people. No one should feel down , sad , or hurt because someone else is bringing you down. Never feel like your ALONE in this world BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT! There are MILLIONS of people who are more than willing to help you fix and get through your problems. You do matter and you are important. Never forget that. If anyone ever needs someone to talk to I will be more than happy to talk and help you out as much as I possibly can.   STOP BULLYING!!!!

Antonio Hernandez, 18, Weston , Florida

"Its true I've always been shy. I've never really been as wacky as I could have when I was younger. Today I am someone who is quiet, shy, someone who is afraid to try and make friends because of the fear of being called names again just because I seem awkward in other people's eyes. Ever since I transferred to another school when I was in prep I've been called names every single day just because I'm quiet. Because of the bullying, because of someone who pretended to be my friend, I am someone who is always alone. People don't want to be around me because of what others say. I've been called bugs bunny, okra, donkey kong, and many more.
I don't want others to be diminished. I don't want others to close the world just because of people who think their better than you. Its time to put a stop to this! SUPPORT THE CAUSE!

Alex, 15, Philippines

I know that im only 10 years old but i think that bulting is really bad and  no matter what age we all can stop bulying!!! so lets do this....

Gabriela Valentin, 10, fl

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