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  • Jaszmin deFreitas

    To all of you that have been bullied I want to say I'm sorry. I was that girl that bullied others without thinking twice about how I made others feel. Over ten years later I still remember some of the people I tormented and truly regret my actions. I was part of the stereotypical "mean girl" group. Despite what others may have believed I had absolutely no confidence in myself. I believed the only way for me to fit in was to be cruel to others. I made a lot of mistakes. I don't even speak with all the people I tried to impress back then. My actions were based on my lack of confidence. The people I bullied were good people that never deserved what they went through. All of you being bullied today do not deserve it either. Remember that the people doing this to you may be doing what they do because they don't have the strength to say they won't participate. The people I picked on were stronger individuals then I was. They were able to endure it all and still succeed in life. Where as I didn't even have the strength to tell my "friends" that I thought our actions were wrong. To all of you being bullied today remember that you are the strong ones. You have far more inner strength than those picking on you. As a former bully I promise you that. Read more »
  • Hayley

    As a sixth grader I was a bully. Beating people up saying mean things to everyone. Then I changed. I saw a girl in the bathroom cutting herself because of something I said. I knew then it had to stop. After that the rules got reversed. Everyone started bullying me and they still are 4 years later. I have been a cutter for three years and very suicidal. I am getting better but its still hard. I don't want anyone getting beaten up, called names, have rumors spread about them or be cyberbullied like I am. Every one needs to take a stand because its not right at all. Read more »
  • Brandy

    My first experience with being bullied was when I was in the first grade. I went to this daycare center with different age groups and I went to say hi to a couple people. After I said hi, this older kid grabbed me by my wrist and angrily shook it then slammed it down all because I said hi. I was scared for my life. Through out grade school I would come across bullies who would threaten to break my glasses, laugh at me, play cruel jokes and start rumors about me. I believed what the bullies thought of me and by the way they treated me. I felt worthless and not good enough. I would fake stomach aches so I can stay home from school. I never told my mom. I wanted to pretend everything was fine when it wasn't. It was in jr high when I would get slapped because I tried to stop someone for taking my backpack. I felt violated once again. My mom had seen it and we went straight to the principal. High school was difficult. I was the new kid hoping to be accepted by my classmates. Some of my classmates gave me a hard time and made fun of my shyness. They said, Oh I"ll just talk for you,. My message to those who are suffering is never let the bullies make you feel bad for being yourself. You are good enough, worthy enough, smart enough. You are enough. don't be afraid to ask for help. People will listen. I hear your pain and I'm on your side fighting this battle with you. You are special. Read more »
  • Maya

    When I was in 7th grade, I was bullied by people who were my best friends for 3 years. They would comment upon how I had my hair done that day, they would spread rumors about me, they called cuss words to my face, they would gossip about me to everyone. It got to the point where I just wanted to disappear. I wanted to leave the school I was attending. I wanted them to just go away, never talk about me, or call me names ever again. Sadly, it didn't work out that way. It got worse, worse than you can imagine. It started to follow me home. When I would check social media, something would be there for me to see. I became depressed, but I finally had enough. I reported them to my school's principal and things got much better 😉. I found some new friends and honestly, I don't care what anybody thinks of me. IF YOU'RE A BULLY, THINK ABOUT THE VICTIMS FEELINGS, AND IF YOUR A VICTIM, HANG IN THERE BECAUSE THINGS WILL GET BETTER!!!! Read more »
  • Rae

    It all started in 7th grade. I joined my school's golf team and my tormenter joined with me. I thought that would be my one thing where I could get away but I was sorely wrong. She would slam me into walls, slap me, punch me, call me all sorts of awful things, and she even threatened to beat me with golf clubs. As we were the only two girls on the team she turned my afternoons into a nightmare. After a while she even started chasing after my twin sister and abusing her. My self-confidence plummeted and I became anorexic and I still struggle with anorexia to this day. The years went by and the bullying continued. I quit the golf team to get away from her but that hasn't stopped anything. She follows me like a puppy if she finds me. I have no privacy with her around. Just recently I was slammed into a locker, pinned to the lockers, and clawed. She also punched me in the back of the head this morning. All of this because I stood up to her. She controls my sister as she will not stand up. She blames me for all of this and told me that I should quit letting this girl run my life. It's not easy to stand up and tell her to back off or stop, but I have. It always ends with more suffering on my end. The adults in the school system do nothing. They just shrug it off or tell the girl to stop. I was being brutally kicked and clawed at during my history class and nothing was done even though I raised my voice at the girl who would not stop. I'm sick of everything she calls me, says to me, and does to me. I've started ignoring her and standing up for myself. It's brutal but the attacks are becoming a little less consistent than they used to be. I know my sister and I are not her only victims. I want to end by saying if you witness something stand up and help the victim. I have wished for that so many times. If you are a victim and you see this stand up, use your voice, and get help. It won't be easy but it will be worth it. If you are a bully and you see this I really hope you look back, stop, and apologize. There is no excuse for treating people like this. I have seen and heard of many varying cases of bullying but the one thing they all have in common is making the victim feel helpless. We are not helpless but we could use a hand. Just stand up, speak out, and stop this. Honestly it's ridiculous that someone will make another human being feel so low. Read more »
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