Have you heard anyone sayingsomething mean to someone else at school in the last month?
You don’t know what’s going on in people’s lives. My grandad is My parents have dying of cancer. just split up. My mum gets drunk and yells at me. My uncle abused My dad got me. I’m too arrested for scared to tell. hitting my I’m hungry. I mum. haven’t had breakfast or lunch.
What seems little to you,could be big for someone else. It was just a joke.
Instead of going out of your way to make people’s day worse, it’s easier to make someone’s day better. What have you done today to make someone’s day better?
My name is Damen. I am 12. Ican’t sit down andconcentrate on my work forlong so I get myself introuble, and sometimes Ihave trouble controlling myemotions. I hate it whenpeople call me retarded -they don’t know that I’mactually smart at lots ofthings and I can pick up stuffthat other people can’t.
My name is Adam and I live withmy mum. I don’t know my dadbecause he left when I was ababy. My mum doesn’t cope andshe’s on the sickness benefit. Idon’t have cool clothes ortoys, and we can’t pay for tripsand stuff at school. What reallyhurts is when kids make jokesabout my mum, and about whymy dad must have left her. I justwish I had a normal family.
My name is Minh and my familyused all their money to come to NewZealand for a better life and aneducation. I am working really hardto learn to speak English and to dowell at school so I can make friendsand help my family when I amolder, but it’s hard. Some people sayI should go back to my own country.That really hurts because I love ithere and I want to be a kiwi.
My name is Aidan and I am in Year7. I am not very good at makingfriends because of the way Italk, and I don’t always knowwhen I am annoying people.Sometimes the noise and thepeople in the classroom get toomuch for me and I spin out. Somekids purposely tease me to seehow quickly I will lose my temper.People think I am beingnaughty, but I really can’t help it.
My name is Raina and I am 11years old. I know I am smart atlots of things, but I haveproblems with reading andwriting because I can’t makesense of words andletters, and people tease mefor being dumb. One boyalways teases me and getsother kids to laugh at me. Ijust wish they would leave mealone because I really amtrying my best.
Some famous people who have been bullied, teased or called names: David Beckham Bill GatesAlbert Einstein Tom Cruise
Madonna"In high school I wasnt a hippie or a stoner, so I ended up being the weirdo. I wasinterested in classical ballet and music, so the kids were quite mean if you weredifferent. I was one of those people that people were mean to."
Robert Pattinson "I got beaten up by a lot of people when I was younger," Pattinson said. What made him a target, was the same thing that made him a famous: acting. "I liked to behave like an actor, or how I thought an actor was supposed to be, and that apparently provoked a lot of people into hitting me."
Taylor Lautner"I was never extremely confident," Lautner said. "Because I was an actor, when I wasin school there was a little bullying going on. Not physical bullying but people makingfun of what I do ... I just had to tell myself I cant let this get to me. This is what I loveto do. And Im going to continue to do it."
Winona RyderAs a kid, Winona’s unique style made her a social outcast. "I was wearing an oldSalvation Army shop boys suit. I heard people saying, Hey, f----t. They slammed myhead into a locker. I fell to the ground...""Years later, I went to a coffee shop and I ran into one of the girls whod kickedme, and she said, Winona, Winona, can I have your autograph? And I said, Do youremember me? Remember in seventh grade you beat up that kid? And shesaid, Kind of. And I said, That was me. Go f*** yourself."
EminemAs a scrawny 9-year-old, Marshall Mathers was so viciously bullied, his mum suedthe school system. One boy in primary school split his lip and knocked him out.Another time he came home beaten and bruised, after an encounter with his bullyin a bathroom. The result was the song "Brain Damage" on his chart-toppingalbum, which publicly called out his childhood nemesis.
Christine AguileraAs an aspiring teen pop star, Christina was the object of ridicule among herclassmates. A few tormenters would slash her tires to prevent her from gettingto gigs on time and mess with her microphone to embarrass her on the stage."There was a lot of resentment and I think there was a bit of jealousyinvolved," Aguilera revealed. "There were threats that were made on me andmy mum.
Mila Kunis"I was always the smallest in my class," Kunis said. "I grew into my face. I had avery funny looking face when I was little. I had like big eyes, big lips, big ears. Butwhen I was little I was constantly being made fun of for having big eyes and thatwas awful.
Lady Gaga Gaga remembers her high school days not-so-fondly, as the era she was "teased for being ugly, having a big nose, being annoying." Her classmates also made fun of the way she dressed and wore makeup, because they totally knew better when it came to fashion. Yeah, right.
Jessica AlbaJessica’s family didn’t have as much money as others in her class, she had aTexan accent, and buck teeth. She was uncool, and was often attacked for beingdifferent. She spent her lunches in the nurses’ office to keep safe, and her dadhad to walk her to school so that she wouldn’t be provoked. Lessons at dramaschool “changed everything” and sparked a lifelong love of acting.
Have you heard anyone sayingsomething mean to someone else atschool in the last month?What did you do?You have a choice.
Speak out Stand upfor others Make someone’s day better.