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  • I was picked on in school. It was never resolved and it occasionally still haunts me today.

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  • I was bullied in school most of my grades. I will never attend a class reunion.

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  • no i havent ever been bullied thank goodness~!

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  • Yes, my son was bullied and it was very hard on him. My husband and I ended up going to the school and having a conversation with the principal and guidance office. After almost a year, the bulling finally stopped.

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  • My sister was always a victim of bullying. She was in special ed because she couldn’t read very well and was dyslexic. It hurt me pretty bad to see her crying most of the time after school because she was being made fun of. It became less of a thing as she got older.. but it was always still there. People saying mean and hurtful things TO and ABOUT her! That’s why I have always been against bullying! Thanks for bringing this to the light and sharing!

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  • I was a victim of bullying in junior high school by two older girls who thought I’d spread rumors about them, when I had no idea who they were. It all came to a head when she slapped me across the face and my mom had a talk with the school. The bullying itself stopped, but the threat was still there… of course this was also back in the day when people were actually scared of being punished, because they actually WOULD get punished for their actions, and people actually had a little self respect, if not respect for others. I think bullying today is much worse, because everyone’s hands are tied due to rules and regs, and rights of the bullier.

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  • I was bullied on my school bus and my oldest brother took care of it. My oldest son was bullied and it wasn’t taken care of as it should have been. I wasn’t told about it and that is a sad thing for me but I am more aware of it with all children now for sure.

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    • :( I’m sorry Stephanie!

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  • I was bullied in school and high-school.

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  • I was picked on and somewhat of an outcast most of my school years. i wouldn’t say it went as far as bullying. i am amazed at the lengths kids go today to make others feel insecure.

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  • I was bullied in school and knew plenty of people who were also bullied. It seems like something that has always happened.

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  • Have you dealt with bullying in your life?

    so-so….pretty much a dangerous person to bully these days

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  • I dealt with teasing and being the new kid when I was growing up 25 years ago but I don’t consider it bullying. It is so so sad that people, especially fragile kiddos, have to endure this and they are killing themselves because it is so traumatic. Just sickening. I don’t have any other experience with it…no children or close friends/family enduring it…that I know of….I think it’s hidden a lot.

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  • Absolutely! Middle school was terrible for me!

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  • I wasn’t bullied physically or anything like that, but emotionally I was… I was overweight when I was young and there were some kids who had to make comments or make fun of me

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  • I was bullied in the 4th grade.

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  • I was picked on in school but thankfully it was not to the point of bullying. Even being picked on is not easy though.

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  • Growing up is tough enough as is. Never mind being bullied. No child should ever have to deal with bullying.

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  • i tell my kids to turn the other cheek and always to tell me or a teacher if any bullying goes on

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  • I personally have not dealt with bullying, but my little sister did a couple years ago, as did my soon-to-be stepdaughter just last year. Both were so depressed because of it, they both threatened suicide. Thankfully, with help, the bullying stopped and both girls are happy again today.

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  • I haven;t really had to deal with it. It makes me sad that its a growing problem and kids are doing absurd things to each other. This is an issue that needs to be dealt with, they need to realize their actions have consequences.

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  • My daughter was bullied when she was in 4th grade, I moved her out of the school

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  • I was bullied for ages after we emigrated to Canada from the UK at the age of 7. My speech, hair, clothes, shoes, everything was different, and produced years of torment at the hands of my schoolmates, so in later years I have great empathy for children in the same position. Unfortunately it didn’t end with elementary school, as a nursing student I was ridiculed by 2 specific classmates. At our 35th reunion, the same 2 people made derogatory comments to me and again I felt vulnerable, the hurt resurfaced, I am very reluctant to attend any more reunions.

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    • This makes me very sad to read, Mary.

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  • In my town, bullying seems to happen far to often. It is truly unfortunate that people resort to bullying tactics in which most cases are unresolved and either a tragedy happens or the person just becomes a recluse. There has to be more done to stop bullying period.

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  • My daughter was a victim of bullying in Middle school and yes it was resolved. I was bullied on my job several years ago which resulted in me becoming depressed and having panic attacks. I was put on meds and the lady eventually physically assaulted me. It was not resolved, she kept her job and I was eventually pushed out of my 19 year job.

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  • When I was a little boy I would always be bullied by one kid, it wasn’t until I stood up for myself that this boy left me alone.

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  • I, too, experienced prejudicial bullying when I was in middle school. I was not allowed to sit with certain girls at lunch and was told by them that I was not accepted by them. No one would walk home with me or sit next to me on the bus. I never knew what was wrong with me until my first high school reunion when people told me why I wasn’t allowed to be near them. Their parents thought my family was in the Mafia because we are Italian. It is terribly sad to have lived with these emotional scars from cruel children with ignorant parenting.

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    • Oh, Roz. That’s awful :(

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  • We were so restrained and reined in by the nuns in my Catholic school (1950s) that we all felt a feeling of beleaguered solidarity and there was no bullying that I recall, not among the kids. But the nuns bullied some of us, sad to say. I myself was hit and pummeled by a nun when I was in kindergarten. No one, in those days, would have complained.

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  • I was bullied as a child for having a weight problem. Mean people suck. Now I just make sure to remind my children that bullies are ugly people and they have to be bigger than that each day.

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  • Yes, there was a lot of bullying in my high school. It wasn’t physical but it was emotional bullying, if you weren’t “in” with the right crowd.

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  • Oh, yes. I had a bully in grammar school. He would not leave me alone. One day he followed my home, and pushed me down on the ground, I was crying hysterically, I was so scarred. Luckily, I lived close to home, and as soon as I arrive home and my mother saw the state I was in, she confronted the bully, who happened to walking down our street, and gave him a right earful. He never bullied me again after that…thanks, Mom!

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  • I’m liking this post re:bullying more and more as it’s creating an open discussion among us so that our voices CAN be heard and maybe changes CAN be made.

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  • Yes as a child, young adult, and even as a grown adult but obese woman yes I have been bullied. It’s never actually been “resolved” other than my circumstances changed (ie: I grew up, changed schools, moved away from home for college, etc. Also had gastric bypass surgery 3 years ago so I’m not as fat as I used to be and subsequently don’t feel as “singled-out” as I used to). Believe me, it’s not something easily gotten over. My children also experienced this in a slightly different way as they are multi-cultural, but look for the most part white but proudly speak of their heritage and their ethnic background. Their school district is mostly populated with African Americans, and so my kids have had problems not because they look white, but because the other kids at school don’t see the African American in them. It’s kind of ridiculous… like a bigotry but different. They’re dealing with it in their own ways, the youngest says when she can’t take it anymore, she’s just going to kick someone’s ass…. and while I don’t necessarily approve of this behavior, it’s hard to say, no that’s wrong you can’t do that. Yes other resolutions have been tried,

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  • Yes, I was bullied for being tall and skinny!

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  • the box about “pledge” don’t work :S

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    • What browser are you in? It’s working in Chrome, just checked. You may need to refresh ? Clear cache?

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  • I encountered it a few times as a child in school. Not a lot. There was one girl that, for some reason, liked to threaten to beat me up a few times a year. This was early grade school, 3rd-5th grade. Most of the time she didn’t follow through with her threats, but I remember being scared to death the whole day thinking I was going to get it after school. One time, after she had followed me all the way home (I lived 1/2 block from the school) taunting me as I was walking, my sister had a little talk with her. She never bothered me again, lol. If she had actually touched me, in that day & age (70′s) she definitely would have been suspended. I have a couple of grandkids that have been bullied a few times. My oldest granddaughter is 10 1/2. Someone actually smacked her in the face earlier this year. The girl lost recess for the rest of the week. (3 more days) I don’t think that was sufficient punishment.

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  • I have not been bullied, but I do have some nieces that have. It’s terrible.

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  • It’s time for everyone to take a stand to bullying.

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  • Luckily I haven’t had to deal with bullying. The stories I hear are terrible though.

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  • I have not experience bullying.

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  • Yes, and the worse is when a family member is the bully! It’s psychologically terrible.

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  • Once upon a time I suggested a hashtag on Twitter to @theonlinemom on bullyinf topic… it was #BOOtheBully !! ☺

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  • In 8th grade I was bullied on the bus for no reason just because she didn’t like how I looked she was much bigger and would hit me in the head every day on the way home the bus driver did nothing about it she was sent to juvenile the next year so I was saved so that was the resolution

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  • i personally have not, but there is a little girl at my daughters school that has.

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  • I was on the bullied end of the mess back in the early/mid 80s, but as the Trevor Project says, “It Gets Better”. I know from experience.

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    • I’m glad to hear you say that. I’m sorry you lived with it

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  • Yes, I have dealt with it when I was growing up, and then when my children were young. Bullying is a nasty business, but it starts at home. Bullying isn’t an instinctive action, it is a learned action.

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    • I agree

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  • It’s a F****ing shame how often bullying is not taken seriously by those in a position to put an end to it. Teachers, parents, etc….perhaps if someone bullied THEM (say, a 250 pound person high on crack), they’d understand just a little bit what a devestating effect it can have. And while I don’t wish anyone ill, Karma has a way of biting you in the @$$.

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    • Very true…karma does have a way of coming around

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  • Yes, my child was bullied – once by the teacher, who told the class they throw rocks at my kid.. I told the teacher she’d have to take ME on if it happened again. It didn’t.

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  • I was always a little taller and a lot heavier than most other kids, but something I learned is that the “bullies” are usually the smaller guys. I was bullied several times through school by guys who were physically smaller than myself. I despise the stereotype that bullies are the big guys picking on little guys. It simply isn’t true.

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  • Yes, at 6 ft. tall I was called skinny & ugly for years, I am neither now.

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  • Yes I was bullied in middle school. my biggest regret was not sticking up for myself

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