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Bullying (25 found)
Note: These stories are from YCteen and its sister publication, Represent, which is written by and for youth in foster care.
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Otis is bullied in school, then discovers that on the Internet he can be the aggressor. He goes too far and hurts someone he loves.
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David’s shy, but when a friend is bullied once too often, he speaks up. This makes him a target, but instead of backing down, David continues to protest. His tenacity pays off. (full text)
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David reports on a study that finds teachers have noted an increase in bullying during this election campaign and “an alarming level of fear and anxiety among children of color.” (full text)
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Lisuini has always loved to write, but in 6th grade, boys tease him that writing is girly. He gives it up for several years. (full text)
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Boys sexually harass the writer in middle school after she develops. Her friends don't take it seriously and she's too embarrassed to tell her parents. (full text)
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Paige is regularly bullied by classmates, but teachers and school administrators ignore her complaints. Finally, she switches schools. (full text)
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Some teens deal with their insecurities by bullying others, but there are kinder, gentler ways to make ourselves feel more confident. (full text)
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In junior high school, Nesshell was ostracized by her peers for "acting white." More recently, she was taunted and called the N-word by white kids in a chat room. Labeled on both sides, she wonders in frustration whether people are capable of seeing her for herself. (full text)
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Daichka doesn't fit in with the other kids at school. She dedicates herself to reading books, and gets the support, acceptance, love, and understanding that she doesn't get from people. (full text)
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Wilber finds acceptance at a high school for gay youth. (full text)
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Catherine learns how quickly things can escalate beyond the virtual world when a confrontation on Facebook leads to real-life violence. (full text)
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When her friend gets bashed on an anonymous Facebook page, Destiny sees the lasting consequences of online harassment and decides it's time to cut back on her social media use. (full text)
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Christian's been bullied for years. He tries to fit in with a group of alternative kids who have Mohawks and piercings, but they don't treat him any better. Still his new look boosts his confidence. (full text)
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Teasing drives the author away from her family and into a deep depression. She contemplates suicide, but therapy helps her begin to feel better. (full text)
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When students discover he can’t read, Antwaun is teased and called a “crack baby.” (full text)
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Miguel is constantly bullied by the other residents in his group home. He longs for the love and security of a foster home. (full text)
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Miguel interviews a therapist about the causes and effects of bullying. (full text)
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In junior high, Alice joins a clique of girls who make fun of others and eventually reject her. (full text)
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Physically abused by his mother, Miguel takes out his anger on others by being a bully and on himself by attempting suicide. (full text)
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Jeremiyah is harassed for being gay, but finds ways to maintain his self-worth. (full text)
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Nadishia is tormented at school for not wearing the latest styles. (full text)
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Karate gives Robin a positive way to release and control his anger. (full text)
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Chris is bullied relentlessly in middle school, which makes it impossible to learn. The school won't help him, so he finally transfers to a school that doesn't tolerate bullying. (full text)
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After Leah is the victim of a childhood bully, she's inspired to take action against cyberbullies by learning to report on Facebook. (full text)
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Otis is teased in school because he has cerebral palsy. He attempts suicide, then uses therapy to find better ways to communicate and express his anger. (full text)

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