“ There is a bond that exists between us, an unseen link that unites and satisfies us in ways nothing else can. In the end, what we're seeking isn't the riches of the world, but the richness of our Souls; and this can only come from realizing that we are connected and whole. Simply put: we are One. ”
—Eileen, Fredericksburg USA
“ I am an upstander because a girl in my dance class was saying that I wasn't normal because I did something different. I told her that no one is normal. Normal is just a setting on the dryer! ”
—Sophie, Seymour, TN
“ bullying isnt cool, so why do it? everyone is specail in there own way, so why hate? its ok to be pure and not fake. bullying is not ok. ”
“ I am an upstander because no-one deserves to be bullied. And please, please, please don´t let anyone tell you anything else. If you are a victim of bullying you might realize that the only thing others see in you is "the victim" and after a while you might see yourself only as "the victim". But always keep in mind that you are so much more than that! Good luck to you ”
“ Bullying is horrible. Nobody should be made to feel like they aren't worth anything. I take steps everday to help people if i see them being bullied in school. Let's Defy Gravity and stop bullying. ”
—Danette, clarksville, Tennessee
“ The only way to make this go away is to face it head on.. Treat people the way you want to be treated.. ALWAYS be respectful of others and they will be respectful of you! ”
—anon, North Fort Myers, FL USA
“ I am committed to putting an end to bullying of any kind. I will speak out any time I see or hear someone being bullied or bullying someone else. It is time for it to stop! As adults we need to send the message loud and clear. ”
—Brenda Saharic, Glen Gardner, NJ
“ when you get bully you must stand strong every minute every day stand strong. ”
“ I am an upsider because i was bullied and is still now currently being bullied and i dont know why. But i know a way to power through it. Just ignore it or if that doesnt work, talk to an adult if it happens at school or if it doesnt happen at school, tell an parent or even since they passed the no bulling law tell the police that what is happening to you. I have done that a couple times and trust me it works. ”
—stephanie butler, Monroe township, New Jersey
“ I can ”
—Afrida, New York
“ Bullying is wrong. I stand with those who experience it, who confront it, who take action against it on behalf of themselves or others. We all need to take responsibility for what happens. ”
—Kelsey, Brooklyn, NY
“ elphie put it best when she said "everyone deserves a chance to fly." no matter what,, we can give everyone in our schools the chance to be all that they want and dream to be! ”
—elana clavner, university heights, ohio
“ I want to help stop bullying because when people get bullied it hurts their feelings and makes them upset. I also want to stop bullying because when I heard about Demi Lovato's story, I was so upset. No more bullying! ”
—Samantha, PS 200, Queens, New York
“ 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 ”
“ I wanted to say that I was relentlessly bullied as a child. I was bullied to the point of having considered suicide several times. I can say I never did it and that I made it out alive. Being an adult is much easier to me than being a child. I want that to be part of the message. It does end. Eventually you outgrow that level of negativity.
Looking back I can see that I was awkward, poor, uncool, maybe even a little creepy. I admit that. I definitely didn't know that then. I was just lost in my little world.
I have so much to say, but I know this will quickly become a novel. Just know it does end and that there are a LOT of people that care and love. People that support and identify with you. People that will help you up and wipe off the blood, instead of laughing, pointing, taking pictures and posting them on the internet.
Please know the problem isn't you . It's the bullies. I wish you strength, I offer you my empathy. If I met you right now, I would give you a hug.
Thank you for your time.
A Survivor ”
—HG, Ferndale Michigan
“ I never thought I would have to face bullies again, as an adult! I pray for everyone! Even the bullies!! This has to stop!! Please!! ”
—JoLanta Brown, Stafford, United States
The information provided on this site is adapted from NSCC's Breaking the Bully-Victim-Bystander Cycle Toolkit. NSCC is grateful to the following organizations for their invaluable support in developing these resources: the Durst Foundation, the Florence V. Burden Foundation, Ohio Department of Education and the National School Climate Center's Trustees
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