|Bullied Kids Speak Out: We Survived-How You Can Too
Author: Jodee Blanco
Have you ever felt alone, as if no one understands what you’re going
through, and that no matter how hard you try, you’re scared things
may never get better? Do you wish your classmates would give you a
break? I felt that way often in school. I was bullied and excluded for the
same reason maybe you or someone you know has been—simply for
being different. There were days when all I wanted was to stay in my
room. Back then, I would have given almost anything to meet the kids
you’re going to meet here.
Autumn dreaded recess. Joshua was afraid to trust anyone at home or
at school. Taylor had lots of friends until her BFF turned them all against
her. Gabe’s online gaming world was turned upside down when other
players started humiliating him. A teacher was bullying Brianna. Eric’s
Asperger’s made him the butt of cruel jokes. The cool crowd beat up
Tiffany and videotaped it for YouTube. Zach got punched and stomped
on because of his weight. Trinity felt invisible. Aamina was harassed
because of her family’s religious beliefs. Riley had to live with the
soul-crushing weight of mental illness as well as the other students
who jeered at her plight.
These are some of the brave teens who will be talking to you in this book.
They—and others they inspired—found the courage to stand up to their
bullies and reclaim their lives, and you’ll hear exactly how they did it.
You're not alone anymore.
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Hi. I’m glad you’re here! If we’ve already met, either through one of my other books or perhaps because I’ve spoken at your school, it’s so cool to see you again. And if this is our first time hanging out, I’m happy that we found each other. I want you to know you’re safe here, that you’re not alone. We all understand what you’re going through. When I was in school, I never thought it would get better. I can still hearmy classmates laughing at me. I can still feel the sting of all those parties I never got invited to, the football games on Friday nights I longed to attend but didn’t dare because I knew I’d be sitting alone in the bleachers, humiliated and ashamed. Don’t even get me started about what it was like in the cafeteria at lunch or in the locker room after gym class.
Back then there was no Internet. When I got home from school, I was beyond lonely, but at least no one could mess with me in the sanctity of my own home on a computer or smartphone. Cyber-bullying was a monster of the future, one whose claws hadn’t yet scratched, whose teeth hadn’t yet bitten. Now that monster is unleashed. It’s just one more way the mean kids can break your heart. I know all about feeling broken. I also know what it feels like to survive and come back stronger, smarter, and better than before. So do the kids you’ll be meeting here. They never gave up. Some took longer than others, and some made a lot of mistakes before getting it right, but every one of them found a way to stand up to their bullies and reclaim their lives. Not only will they give you hope that you can too, but they’ll tell you exactly how they did it.
Welcome home. It’s time for you to get to know everyone!
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