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you never know…
Anonymous

it started because one of my former best friends was dating my crush and i did not know. My crush and i would always stay together, play games or tell each other’s secrets. I did not know that they were dating and we use to flirt all the time, she got jealous. One day, they broke up because he liked me a lot. that’s when it started, the body checks, the mean stuff, the rumours, the name calling etc. i told a teacher, but still to this day, she stills called me names. Me too I want it to end, but you never know.

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Both sides
Anonymous

I was bullied during most of my childhood because I was bisexual, making 2nd and 6th grade my worst years. I still think about it to this day, When I started Jr. High, I moved to a town south of where i used to live. My parents thought I would be away from the bullying to start a new life, unfortunately, it didn’t work. I felt everything boiling inside me but on the outside, i was almost emotionless. I got into many fights at my new school while trying not to turn into the bully that made me this way. I tried to stop it as best I could but I failed myself miserably, because by the 2nd semester in 7th grade, I turned into the bully and during that time, I befriended a quiet kid whom I later got into bullying other kids (big mistake). When our 8th grade year started, we were full on at our “activities” such as bullying, vandalizing, etc. At some point during that year he said his parents thought I was a bad influence on him. I’m not gonna lie that really, really hurts, even to this day because they took him out of that school because of me. I was feeling super depressed and guilty after that, I was shunned by almost everybody in that school. It was at that point I stopped bullying kids because I realized what our actions were doing and by the same token, I hope my old bully opened his eyes and suffered the same thing as me. From then on until today, (sophomore year, age 16) I kept trying to get in touch with my friend, which always turned out to be a bust. I just want him to end his life of bullying and I got a feeling that if i don’t, who knows what will happen. I hope he reads and recognizes me and this story and hopefully, opens his eyes too.

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MY ” GREAT” story?
Anonymous

My teen bullying story:

To: whoever is reading this

I am a victim of bullying, I know that when someone would ask me are you alright? I would say I am FINE but really I’m not. If you don’t know what it feels like to be bullied here is one word to describe it: PAIN! It really hurts you feel depressed and like you have no one to talk to you but you do. What to do if you are getting bullied talk to someone like if you have a dean, your school counsellor, you friends, you teachers, people you look up to and also if it is like cyber bullying verbally and physically tell you, mom and dad!

What is the story? how did I get bullied?

Well, this person was once my bestie but why would my bestie bully me?
Well, it was because she wants a role for our school day play but I end up getting this role. This role you had to sing act dance and more, she could dance act but they need a sing so they picked me after that day she would start with small things like small evils or a little push. I would ask her “hey how are you?” but she would ignore me after about a month she would start to call me names like ugly and stupid. Somedays I would go to my homeroom crying or act different and people wouldn’t know because the normal me is loud full of joy and happiness.at one of our play practice she called me a show-off and rolled her eyes at me then pulled my hair which gave me a headache. Then this other girl called me a nerd and dork than the next day she thinks she can just come up to me and hug me REALLY!!! Come on bully me then next hug me (be my friend /classmate or not) it is that simple. Near the end of the year I was stronger, braver and those words would go through one ear and out the other, i would research about bullying watch movies about it and songs to help. At the end of the year, i had a year 12 who is like my older sister.

One thing to say is to talk about it and help promote help to those who are getting bullied. Stay strong stay brave and love your life no matter what.

Your face is not a mask so…… don’t hide it
Your size is not a book so….. Don’t judge it!

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It gets better… Trust me
Anonymous

I always had problems with bullies throughout my whole school experience. It started in kindergarten and worked itself up all the way to my worst year ever… 7th grade. It was a new school and I had to adjust to the different rules and such. I had no problems making friends. I’d just walk up, introduce myself, and we’d go from there. Well, one “friend” in particular turned her back on me and really showed her true colors. Her boyfriend at the time did the same and so did all the other girls who I thought were my friends. I remember her saying rude things about me either behind my back or to my face and all the other girls laughing and egging her on. Also, her boyfriend had the same class as me and he would start with the name-calling and such. Well, I didn’t do anything or say anything back to any of these people because I was intimidated by them. I did have to contact some adults about  behaviors towards me and those did stop. But I simply did not let myself get intimidated anymore.  I now know that those same people that tried to make me feel bad about myself were only just trying to deflect the attention off of themselves. Looking back I am grateful that I experienced everything that I went through because it would have never made me the person I am today. I now wonder why I even cared so much in the first place! Maybe it has to do with the fact that I was young and less mature. Well, I now have ALL of my confidence back, I am in a much better school and environment, and I found my true friends. So, thank you bullies!

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Trying to make a difference
Anonymous

Hello my name is Chris and this is my story


-As a young child I was often in hospitals every other day from either getting sick or severe epilepsy. Very scary to think that I should not be alive right now knowing how bad my epilepsy was. I was diagnosed at the age 2 and that point till I was 10 might have been one of the hardest moments in my life. At age 10 I was finally epilepsy free which was great but at age 11 I was diagnosed with VWD which is a severe bleeding disorder. So basically I can’t play any physical sports or do anything where I can get hurt easily. So began middle school where I was bullied the hell out of, and made fun of being overweight. There was a point where I was so sad and scared in the morning about school. Fast forward to the beginning of sophomore year in high school. To this day in high school I’m bullied a lot. It has got to the point where I just can’t do it anymore and at the end of the year I will no longer be in cp

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Anonymous

Guys, don’t feel upset or hurt if you’re being bullied because you’re not alone. Someone at this moment is being bullied on the other side of the world. Half the population has been bullied before so don’t ever think yourself alone or weak. Be strong and show that you can make a difference, don’t ever let those bullies get away with whatever they’re doing, this is only going to prove to them that you’re weak when you’re not. I’ve been bullied before too. Just remember that that person has no rights to violate your human rights and make you feel worthless, because they’re never going to be as strong as you are now. Human rights are very easy to have, all you need to do is be born and just like that you have rights but remember you also have value and a reason to stay alive. Stay strong!

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I was constantly bullied
Anonymous

I’m here to tell you that everything may seem like it’s the end of the world right now, but I promise you, in the end, you’re going to be okay. This hurt that you’re feeling right now, will be nothing compared to the joy you will feel in the future. Yeah, I know, it seems hard to believe that you could ever be happy with the traumatic events occurring in your life right now, but this will pass. You are perfect just the way you are! If you were supposed to be anything different, You would be. There is a reason you are the way you are. Don’t change for anyone. Don’t try and please anyone besides yourself. I’ve learned, even with me only being 18, at a young age, that to truly love anyone, you must first love and value yourself. What I mean by this is, just because other people don’t like you or point out your flaws, doesn’t mean that you aren’t perfect. You need to see your self worth! Believe me, You are wonderful, in every way possible! There is someone out there that loves you and needs you. Don’t be like me and decide to be selfish and ruin other people’s lives. Believe in your heart that you can be bigger and better. I believe in you! You’ve got this!
Keep holding on!
Keep the faith!
Stay strong!
Remember, there’s someone out there that LOVES and NEEDS you!

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Stand Up!
Anonymous

I’d like to throw this out to you guys. 15% of an average school are bullies, but the other 85% are SILENT!!! You should speak up if you see a bullied person. This change starts with you, kids. Stop bullying and help each other up, not down.

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Prevention is part of the cure
Anonymous

If you are being bullied please remember life is so short and life is what you make it, even when you feel like all hope is lost it really isn’t! Don’t hide your bullying like it’s something to be ashamed of as you are not to blame the bullies are! Find the inner strength and love for yourself that you would give in a heartbeat to someone you love as they do not deserve to lose you and the bullies do not deserve to win, show them be it now or in time that you are the stronger person and your life means something.
To the bullies of the world, there must be someone you care about, a parent, a sibling a friend or a child, you imagine someone making them feel unsignificant, unwanted, afraid and alone. You may make excuses that you have suffered at the hands of bullies maybe even by those who you loved and trusted, but if you are honest with yourself there really is no excuse, bullying shows weakness not power, regardless of life experiences I am a strong believer that you choose your own path and go one way or the other, why would you want to go down a similar path of destruction if that is what you have experienced? No one is worth impressing in pursuit of another person’s misery, and the old ‘sticks and stones’ line is rubbish, words do hurt and do scar! Now is that really what you want to hold your legacy for in life?? People really do save lives, if you are aware that bullying is taking place and don’t do anything about it then you are just as much to blame, if you are a bullying then stop and think, would I like someone to treat me this way? If you are being bullied then don’t let them win!
Remember, kindness costs nothing.

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Bullied Everyday
Anonymous

Hi, I’m 16 years old and I’ve got bullied everyday since I can remember. By being called names. Like, ranga, ginger, ghost, orangutan. YES, if you haven’t guessed yet I do have red hair. But, that shouldn’t matter how I come across to people. The saying goes “sticks and stones may break my bones, but names with never hurt me.” Well that’s not true I get pushed to the ground, yelled at, swore at, been called names like I’m pathetic and that I should just end my life because it will be better for everyone. But that’s not how I should be treated and none of you reading this. And that bullying is not okay so if you see someone getting bullied you should stand up for what is wrong because bullying isn’t!

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