The start of a new school year is upon us, but for the bullied “back to school” can take on a whole new meaning. While many students experience harmless nerves about their new circumstances, bullied kids can be plagued with an overwhelming fear of the unknown.
As school administrators, parents and the wider community struggle to combat bullying at schools, some kids have taken matters into their own hands. Here are the stories of brave young students who have stood up to bullies, helping to create a culture of tolerance and acceptance at their school.
Brave kids who restore our faith in humanity
Older students defend bullied six-year-old boy with autismA middle school football team defended their six-year-old water boy Danny who was being picked on for wearing a suit and tie to school. They started a "Danny Appreciation Day" and wore a suit and tie as an act of solidarity with the autistic boy.Thinkstock
Autistic boy stands up to bullies with speech in front of whole classJake's autism certainly hasn't left him without words. The high school student addressed his classmates in a touching speech during gym class, asking those who bully him to see him as a "person" not a "target".Thinkstock
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Teen writes powerful note to his bullies on FacebookA 14-year-old Quebec boy wrote a moving Facebook post to the school kids who called him hurtful names, pleading that they show him respect. After the post went viral, he was greeted with cheers, hugs and apologies by students in the hallways.Thinkstock
Bullied boy speaks out against his attackers in documentaryEleven-year-old Caine found a unique way to shame his bullies. He went public, relaying his emotional stories of being punched, choked and thrown against a wall in the documentary "The Bully Project."Thinkstock
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Bullied girl posts challenge with weight to FacebookA 9-year-old B.C. girl who was bullied for being overweight took photos of her body and posted them to a health group on Facebook with a pledge to start exercising. Within 24 hours, she had over 3,000 likes and strangers offering to help.Facebook
Teen uses Facebook friends to confront school bullyA bullied high school student made 100 new Facebook friends by sharing his story of bullying online. The friends then met at the school parking lot to confront the bully causing him to apologize and give a high-five.Thinkstock