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Dear Bully,

January 17, 2012
By lovejoann4ever BRONZE, Cambridge, Massachusetts
lovejoann4ever BRONZE, Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Dear Bully,
Are you happy now? I bet you are because as estimation 160,000 students miss school almost every day because they're scared of being attacked repeatedly by people like you. Not only do they all try to prevent from getting hurt again, but 1 out of 10 drop out of school because of this bullying situation. People like you don't understand that the students you harass are at great danger. Would your ways change if I told you that a lot of people similar to those you've hurt, have committed suicide or has thought of committing suicide? You see how people react to your actions towards them. Keep it up and your life will be in great danger as well because 87% of students say shootings are motivated by a desire to get “revenge” at those who have hurt them. What would you do if a person that you have hurt pulled a gun at you? Would you regret every bad thing you did to that person, as if it would change their mind?

You don't even know how bad I feel whenever I see a case of bullying on the news channel, what is it? What is the reason you have to hurt others? Is it them in general, their looks, personality, everything about them, or is it just you? What makes you think it's all right to bully others? I guess the fact that what you do all the time is illegal now doesn't stop you at all, does it? How do you think the person takes it? Well I hope you know they take it very serious and hurtful. For all you know, he or she's probably balling their eyes out on their bed because of you. Or maybe their someplace where nobody can find them with a gun to their head, or rope tied around their neck while they stand on chair waiting … and contemplating on whether or not they want to continue living their life with such disrespect and torment.

During the time period between January 14, 2010 and May 5, 2011, if you picked up any news paper of Massachusetts, or turned to any news channel of Massachusetts I could guarantee you that they had something of the case Phoebe Prince. Phoebe Prince was a student at South Hadley High School that emigrated from Ireland in the fall of 2009 with her mother and siblings. She was constantly harassed and bullied by groups of students at South Hadley High School. On January 14, 2010, after being sick and tired of the constant bullying, Phoebe committed suicide by hanging herself in the stairwell of the family apartment. Her 12-year-old sister discovered her body. I know for a fact that if I was that 12 year old little girl that just discovered her 15 year old sister hanging from by rope, I would die inside, my heart would shatter in to piece, and I would cry so hysterically as if it would bring her back to life.

I think that bullying not only affects the victim, but the people around them like their friends and family. Friends and family are very important in someone's life and once that person is affected by bullying, I think it just led them to block out everyone in their life, including loved ones. This does not help them at all to solve their problem. Just look at the Phoebe Prince case. She was bullied to the point where she wanted to die and didn't even tell anyone. What about her 12 year sister that found her hanging by a rope, what do you think she felt? What about her mother? I know for sure that she probably felt like her family is ruin, broken, scarred for life because of this tragic death. I honestly think that you bully for attention, because of jealously, because of rage, or maybe because you have problems at school. Who know? The fact of the matter is you hurt people to the boiling point because of yourself, not them, but you, and it's a problem.

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Lida28 BRONZE said...
on Sep. 20 2021 at 12:51 pm
Lida28 BRONZE, Thessaloniki, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Respect your mothers, everyone.

so touching!

on Mar. 12 2021 at 2:28 pm
nightofthe__mist, Peoria, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
The people you lose are right next to you

my best friend was a person that bullied me. but then i found out that he was living with just his step-mother. one day i pulled him aside with me and told him i know and he broke down crying. I told him everything is fine, i will pull you up and bring you to the light. after he said sorry to everyone he harmed and told them way. He died 3 years ago to car crash. he died at 13 and i'm 13 now i was 8 when i knew him.

on Mar. 20 2020 at 3:55 pm
Areej_Alsoufi22, Dearborn, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"You can't go back and change the beginning, but can start where you are and change the ending!" - C.S Lewis


on Nov. 17 2019 at 11:13 pm
insanefoxgurl07 BRONZE, Fountain, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
"If you're always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be."
~ Maya Angelou

Very powerful. I've been a victim of bullying and this letter really reflects my rage when I see other people being attacked like I was.

on Nov. 8 2018 at 1:42 pm
PaytonSays BRONZE, Tigard, Oregon
1 article 0 photos 5 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The world is a funny place. We only need the courage to laugh." -PaytonSays

Heart touching and real. I hope everyone can see this and think before they accidentally hurt someone's heart

on Mar. 27 2018 at 8:17 pm
CatNovelist GOLD, Berkeley, California
10 articles 1 photo 9 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you can quit writing, then quit. If you can't quit, you're a writer."

So strong and moving. Heartbreakingly real. I love it.

Sparaxis GOLD said...
on Dec. 10 2016 at 12:18 pm
Sparaxis GOLD, Saint Marys, Georgia
13 articles 1 photo 307 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you keep on picking on me, I'll mess up again. This time, on PURPOSE."

What Rachelle-Mae said. What's cool about yanking someone's hair or harassing them while they were using the bathroom?

on Jun. 5 2016 at 9:22 pm
Rachelle-Mae PLATINUM, Gb, New Jersey
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Bullying is not cool.

on Mar. 31 2016 at 7:47 am
EmmalynB BRONZE, Wyoming, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing it is stupid." -Albert Einstein

This is really moving. I was bullied in 8th grade until school ended, and I got depression and struggled with self-harm. To this day, the bully denies everything and says that I'm just being overdramatic; that we were friends. She rudely tells me that she doesn't know why "this always gets into a problem." I think it's horrible that she pretty much destroyed me and completely denies everything. I hate that bullies everywhere do that.

mv8499 BRONZE said...
on Mar. 9 2016 at 2:16 pm
mv8499 BRONZE, Midland, Michigan
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Bullying is cool.

mplo said...
on Aug. 24 2015 at 8:51 am
Unfortunately, at least as often as not, people who are bullies as children and/or teens, end up becoming adults who bully, also.

on Sep. 6 2014 at 3:01 pm
dgeileen PLATINUM, Livingston, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
― Oscar Wilde

Loved this line: " I would die inside, my heart would shatter in to piece, and I would cry so hysterically as if it would bring her back to life."

on Jun. 10 2014 at 6:17 pm
Wow! Awesome article, sad topic but incredible writing skills 

on Jun. 10 2014 at 4:33 pm
AlwaysInBeastMode GOLD, Suitland, Maryland
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Favorite Quote:
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle.


on Dec. 12 2013 at 9:59 am
Butterflygirl172, Cleremont, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
Keep loving your friends and family

Bullies are rude and are such childless that act like they are kewl and like a 2 yrs old ugh get over your self bullies love this how you started off like dear Bullie

on Jun. 11 2012 at 8:18 pm
sophieluvv BRONZE, Long Beach, California
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Favorite Quote:
"I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles."

This is really good and definitely so true. I wish everyone could read this article.