Haunted by the Past (Brandon, Stamford, CT)

“I think that the biggest bullies are the people who were prey in the past. I feel like its an addiction.”

I think that the biggest bullies are the people who were prey in the past. I am a reformed bully, and a lot of people talk about how I used to act. It is hard to look forward when everyone else reminds me of the past. It is a horrible feeling, like having a bad credit and listening to people remind you of your mistakes. The past holds you back.

It is like you did something years ago and people tease you about it. Dealing with something that is done is not fun. I feel like its an addiction, and you are subliminally being peer-pressured back into doing what you are used to doing.

Identity – The Bully (Jon Evans)

They all try to look the same
all try to give themselves a name.
Pick on the boy who is all alone
just because his identity is his own.
What has this world come to?
All this wrong that people do
just for the image they want to show
down the evil path, they seem to go.

The next person you go to hurt
or try to make feel like dirt
instead of trying to look cool
feel for the guy you make look a fool.

A cool identity isn’t a need
let those you bully be freed.
Your identity should be your own
a better person you will be known.

Speak Up for Yourself and Others! (Trinity M., Norwalk, CT)

I believe that everyone is a bully or gets bullied, and sometimes they don’t even know it. Everyone gossips in one point in life. Some of my friends gossip about other people. I always say, “If you don’t want anyone to talk about you, why do it to them?”

I was a bully, but I did not do it chronically. I hurt a girl’s feelings really bad. She was not my friend until this year. I also was bullied. I have hearing aids and people would bully me, and I would just ignore them.

I believe my disability to hear made me stronger and smarter.

The next time you see something bad, speak up for yourself and others.

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