I was bullied in elementary school because I was short and different. Kids would tease me, call me names, and spread rumors about me. I told the teachers what was going on but nothing was being done and the bullying got worse. I started to come home from school crying and sometimes I would be crying when my parents dropped me off at school. So I told my parents what was going on and they did something about it and things got better. No one deserves to be bullied. I was want people to know that they're not alone and that things will get better. After experiencing being bullied I am taking a stand against bullying. I am on a mission to stop bullying.
Age 19 from Georgia
Age 15 from WI
It started in 3rd grade. I moved to a different school district and I wasn't sure if I was gonna fit in. I chose to be myself. It was 3rd grade.. puberty hadn't happened and I didn't look the best. People judged me on my size. I laughed a lot cause I was always nervous so they called me names cause when I laughed my face turned red. 4th grade came 5th grade came quickly and I moved to a different school but same district. I didn't know anyone. That first day i met a girl in my group and we just clicked and connected. We spent everyday in school at lunch in projects etc. To this day she is still my best friend cause she knew what I went through and we have been through so much. 6th grade came and it was like a whole different feeling for me. I felt ready and positive, but I was wrong. Some guys in all my classes picked on me and a few other kids, but they picked on me for how i looked. They called me names, they made stories and rumors about me.. and I kept telling myself it's just the beginning. 7th grade came and the same guys were in all of my classes. It felt horrible. I got so much anxiety almost everyday before school and skipped so much school cause I didn't know how to handle the issue. I got depressed throughout 7th and 8th grade and I started doing unhealthy things. Then things at home got overwhelming so I was even more stressed out and depressed. Finally i got the help I needed in freshman year. Things got so bad I ended up in the hospital cause these girls and boys were spreading rumors about me and judged how I dressed and looked. I moved to a different school half of freshman year thinking the bullying would go away but it didn't. It happened there too. thinking about escaping the issues isn't the right answer. In my case it was finding positive people and getting rid of the toxic people and not worrying about what others are doing. I started talking and listening to adults and getting the help I needed. In almost a year I am doing so much better. i realized walking away from your problems thinking you're alone and that it wont go away or wont get better isn't gonna help. But putting 100% effort in getting rid of the toxic people, getting new friends that stand by your side, listening to your parents, joining a sport or a club or talking to people will show you that everyone is made different and that everyone is going through very hard things. When you find someone going through the same thing you are going through, you can rely on each other, help them out cause you've been through the experience. I am almost a year clean, because of the decisions and help I got. When i grow up I wanna help kids and teens with their problems. cause nobody is ever alone!
Age 18 from VA
Hello, My name is Lauren Brocious and I am 18 years old from Winchester, VA. In December, I created an anti-bullying video entitled "#labels". The video has been viewed more than 5 million times world wide. I have a lot of younger viewers and I know that this would empower a lot of people in my area. Here is the link to my video. https://youtu.be/cMLQ7kx74AM Thanks for you time, Lauren Brocious
Age 18 from IllinoisWhen I was in 7th grade, just 12 years old, my best friend started becoming a victim of bullying when her older neighbor began harassing her over Facebook messaging. She had been adopted, so that was the topic of the harassment. My best friend was very strong, and did not take this nonsense, so she told her parents. They responded by talking to the girls mother which then spiraled into a feud amongst the adults. When my friends bullying had seemed to simmer, mine was just beginning. I was a much weaker target, as I was very soft spoken. My friends neighbor started getting a gang together. She and 3 of her friends would comment on every one of my Facebook posts and "like" all of my posts in spite of me. It was very devastating- I felt as though I was being attacked and could no longer be who I truly was without being criticized. I did not stand for it though. I would still make posts and even comment back. In my mind, I was showing them that I didn't care. But I was just fueling them further. My friends neighbor, the original bully, had family that were my age that went to my school. She also had a cousin that knew of me. I was then harassed by two more people because of this girl. Now it wasn't only online, but in school too. I was always a very logical girl, so I told my mom. She did exactly what I would've wanted. She consoled me when I showed her the messages, she helped me with what to say and how to stand up for myself properly and not let these people win. Even though my self-esteem was extremely low at this point, I was able to come back and learn to deal with them. Now, 6 years later, I am stronger than I've ever been after I stopped allowing people to hurt me. To anyone reading this- things get better! If you feel even the slightest bit victimized, speak up. Don't let mean people get you down. And trust me, karma exists!
Age 14 from IndianaI have been a victim of bullying. It started around 5th grade when we went to a new bigger school. I was the really shy kid and most people didn't talk to me, but getting social media back then was a big thing and that is where I could be me. I didn't like to talk to anyone because I was Bisexual. I see girls liking boys and boys liking girls. No one likes being with the same sex. I didn't want people to know. Eventually I got an Instagram account. I was full me. I was crazy and fun and enjoying myself. I found this really pretty girl on there and we soon became friends. She didn't know I liked her though. After a while she found out. She thought it was disgusting. I was hurt, but she made it worse. She made a fake account of me. She posted very sexual things to girls, things I would never say. She made me look needy and a horrible person. Soon she photoshopped pictures of me in horrible situations. She followed my friends and said bad things to them. Because of her I became more and more depressed. I was hurting myself. She got to my weak point. I was diagnosed with depression at an early age, but she made it worse. I have gotten better, but I still need help. I don't want people to go through what I did.