These are the facts about bullying: bullies are encountered in every classroom and lunchroom, and on every playground in every school. Bullying happens online, on social media, and via text. It happens in public spaces, privately, and even follows children home. But the kids on this list took a stand and faced their bullies, creating change and inspiring others.
How do you stand up to a bully? The best way to stand up to bullying is to treat everyone with respect and kindness. If you were ever bullied as a kid, maybe you fantasized about a protector - somebody bigger and stronger to help you fight your enemies. Maybe you even had a heroic moment where you faced a bully and gave them a piece of your mind. Individual bullies need to be stood up to or they will take over. Instead of hiding, these kids stood up and did something about it! Many of these young students and children inspired national (and even international) anti-bullying campaigns and though they were once picked on, they were able to make a difference.
Bars & Melody is a British musical duo made up of Charlie Lenehan, 15, and Leondre Devries, 13. Leondre spent a lot of time in school being bullied and wrote the rap as a way to process his feelings and, by delivering his message this way, gained confidence. They preformed the song as their audition on Britain's Got Talent and the performance caused a teary-eyed Simon Cowell to press the "golden buzzer" and put them through to the semi-finals. They took third place in the show overall. Since then, Bars & Melody have done press worldwide promoting the anti-bullying message.Source: Mirror
Danny Keefe, a first grader from Bridgewater, MA, was being picked on for having a speech impediment and for wearing a suit and tie to school each day. Wishing to show their support, Danny's 45 member self proclaimed "band of brothers," the Bridgewater fifth grade football team, donned Danny's suave style of dress for one day, wearing suits and ties to help him feel loved and appreciated and make a loud and effective statement against bullying.Source: Huffington Post
An entire community in Michigan came out in support of bullied teen Whitney Kropp, when she was nominated for homecoming court as a mean spirited prank. Kropp was targeted because of her different style of dress and her colorful dyed hair. Though she was embarrassed, she embraced the role and didn't let her bullies get her down. The entire town, along with groups of students from other schools, showed up to cheer her on. A Facebook movement with thousands of supporters and a website focused on bullying awareness also came out of Whitney's experience.Source: MyFoxDetroit.com
There has rarely been a more powerful example of bully quashing than when Jake, who is autistic, confronted his entire class during an exercise in his school's gymnasium. One of the hardest things to do to a bully is to confront them. Harder still is to do it without making the problem worse. Watch Jake do so eloquently and with more courage than most adults possess.Source: The Bully Project