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Grade: 5 | Year: 2010

(Look sad and in pain) My stomach hurts and I have headaches every day. The girls are spreading rumors and telling secrets, and it just doesn’t feel right to me.

Is there something wrong with me? Or am I really what they say I am? Could I be a victim of bullying?

As you may have noticed my speech is about bullying – so let’s get started.

Have you ever been bullied? Has it happened to your peers or have you just seen or heard about it on TV? Many people have different opinions on what bullying is. Some say it is kicking or hitting someone, others say it’s when you say mean things or call someone names.

All of these things are correct, as they are different ways you can be bullied. However, they are not the official definition of bullying. Everyone has a different opinion, but the definition I follow is:

Anything that a person does on purpose to upset or hurt another person –(the victim).

The victim is the person that gets bullied.

To be honest, bullying is just like a disease because you don’t make it happen and it does not just go away overnight.
Bullying even makes you feel like you are sick or something is wrong with you!

This , however, isn’t true at all. It is not your fault if you get bullied.

Did you know that 900 thousand children get bullied everyday in Canada? Out of 5.2 million students!

That means that 1 out of 5 students get bullied everyday! And people say that Canadians are too nice to be bullies!

Many people are unaware of the bullying that happens around them. That just shows how bad it is.

Here are some myths and facts about bullying:

Myth number 1: “Bullying is just a stage, a normal part of life.” However, fact is – bullying is not a “normal” or socially acceptable behavior. We give bullies power by our acceptance of this behavior.

Myth number 2: “If I tell someone, it will just make it worse.” Fact is: Research shows that bullying will stop when adults in authority and peers get involved.

Myth number 3:”Just stand up for yourself and hit them back.” Fact however is: While there are some times when people can be forced to defend themselves, hitting back usually makes the bullying worse and increases the risk for serious physical harm.

Myth number 4: “Bullying is a school problem, the teachers should handle it.” Fact is: Bullying is a broader social problem that happens everywhere.

Myth number 5: “People are born bullies.” Fact is: Bullying is a learned behavior and behaviors can be changed.

Okay, you are probably wondering what the different types of bullying are? Statistics show that there are six different types of bullying: Physical, Verbal, Indirect, social Alienation., intimidation and last but not least Cyber Bullying.

Verbal Bullying is the most common because it is not as easily noticed as physical is. Talk about how horrible this is! Think if you were the target or the person that got bullied!

Bullies bully because it makes them feel better than everyone else! Also they do it because they have been bullied at some point in life and feel like they need revenge.

A bully can be a person that is big or someone small, it just depends on what type of bullying we are talking about.

Sometimes teenagers and older students bring guns to school to kill bully but end up injuring many others too.

Some people that have been bullied all their life decided to leave their old life because they don’t appreciate it and commit suicide. Suicide! That just shows how out- of- hand this can get, bullying is that serious!

You may think now – wow – how can you stop bullying when you can barely see it happening! I mean how are you supposed to put an end to it when it goes on 24/7? The best way for you to make a start is to talk to your friends and have a discussion in your class and make a set of rules to put an end to it. Then present the idea to your whole school. The next step is to create an Anti-Bullying team so you can end bullying at your school.

Bullying is so bad that it can end up with dying and killing others which shows exactly how serious and bad this is!

Remember everything I have told you today and you will not be a bully or not be afraid to stand up for yourself! Just be strong, keep your head up high and do your best to stop bullying once and for all! Remember, school Bullying is EVERYONES business! Thank you for listening and Good Bye!