I Am an Upstander Because...

  • “I have been Bullied before , I know what it feels like to be bullied . I pledge to be respectful of others and stand up against bullying whenever & wherever I see it.”

    —Ally, Canada
  • “I will stand with the victims of bullying to let them know YOU ARE NOT ALONE. I am an upstander because I care and doing everything in my power in Los Angeles to get the message out. Speak Out Against Bullying, Inc http://speakoutagainstbullying.org/”

    —Monica Harmon, Los Angeles, CA USA, Speak Out Against Bullying, Inc.
  • “I am tired of the name calling because of the color of my skin. there is nothing i can do about it and im GORGEOUS!”

    —Eliza, Atlanta, GA
  • “I think we can stop bullying by having our own room. We can have a "Bully Box" and each day we can go through the box trying to help solve or stop the problems our peers are having. We can make anti-bullying posters. ”

    —Marrily, PS 200, Queens, New York
  • “i was bullied in 6th grade because of who i hung out with so i dressed in baggie clothes and mean girls at school where making fun of me but i had good friends they told me to ignore them and now that i am in 8th people are different they still make fun of you so now i try to help people that are being bullied”

    —merriah, minnesota usa
  • “Where is the Love? When will this end? How can I make amends? I miss myself. I miss fitting in. I used to smile and I used to laugh. Now all I do is cry and pout. I wish people would just BACK OFF!! ~~~Cheyanne Kelly ”

    —Cheyanne, Burlington, US
  • “I welcome new students at my school.”

    —Mario, NYC, USA
  • “I think that this site,in my honest opinion, is a great way to inform people. I have noticed time and time again that I've been a bully and i have to stop myself. I proudly support the up-stander alliance. ”

    —Angelina, Saratoga County, New York, US, Student/ Blood Donor
  • “I just found this website and this organization. But that doesn't mean that I haven't been an UPSTANDER since I was little. My mom still tells me the story of how I would come home crying everyday because a little girl in my 2nd grade class who was a victim of a house fire that left her with burns all over her body was getting picked on and no one would play with her at recess and I couldn't do anything to stop these classmates. I told my mom that I was going to be her friend, I was going to play with her at recess. She ultimately became my best friend until she moved away and I lost contact with her. Not only do I think I changed her 2nd grade experience but she changed mine too. I started early in my journey to help those being bullied but it's never to late to start either! Just stand up!!! smile I am with all those who are being picked on or teased. It's not fair, we are all unique in our own ways. Difference are only learning experiences, and they are really cool! smile

    —Cylina Engelhardt, Iowa, USA, e.g. Student, Parent, Teacher, etc.
  • “bulling is cruelty. it makes kids feel like nothing, like they're alone and noone likes them. i like standing out, so i have to stand up against anyone who trys to keep anyone on the ground. everyone deserves the chance to fly!”

    —n stark, cc, TX (USA)
  • “"Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune--without the words, And never stops at all, And sweetest in the gale is heard; And sore must be the storm That could abash the little bird That kept so many warm. I've heard it in the chillest land, And on the strangest sea; Yet, never, in extremity, It asked a crumb of me." -Emily Dickinson”

    —Austin, South Charleston, USA
  • “As someone who was bullied throughout my childhood and teenage years and has suffered the life-altering effects, I think its my duty and the duty of all adults to promote acceptance of everyone and to teach kids to do the same. We can end bullying if we face it head on!”

    —Gina Fairfield, Fort Myers, FL
  • “I have been bullied so i know what it feels like. My school is horrible about teasing others. I stand up aginst it even though my school dosent”

    —Chela, Elkins
  • “I am tired of my kids coming home from school saying that they are being bullied or making fun of because they are over weight or not popular. The schools need to step up and STOP THE BULLING!!!!”

    —Dawn Graham, St Anne, Illinois
  • “My students and I are creating an "Upstanders Team" to prevent bullying at our school.”

    —Mrs. Evans, Carlisle, USA