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Bully: (noun) A blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people.

Source http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/bully?s=t&ld=1124 - 28 Nov 12.

Bullying is a severe thing. Do not get teasing confused with bullying. Although teasing can be a part of bullying, teasing is an annoyance, bullying is discrimination.

I have been bullied for about nine years of my schooling life.

I was not accepted by anyone and if I did make a friend, I would only lose them through bullying.

I would have done anything to be friends with even a small group of people but every time I tried to be like the popular kids, I would just get bullied even more.

I had about five or six good friends in those nine years. Now I have heaps.

The bullying only stopped when the leaders of the bullying groups left and moved to a different school.

With the main contributors gone I had a chance to change my life. I took the chance and now I am nearly as average in my social life as everyone else.

This does not mean I wanted to be the same in every way, I just wanted to be treated the same.

This is not acceptable. I only got out of bullying through a very lucky break.

I personally believe that no student should ever get bullied. I doubt this will ever happen but it would be great to have a much more peaceful society.

The essence of bullying is only brought on through the bully’s peers. To stop bullying you first have to stop the supporters

Lawrence Mercieca is currently on work experience with the Tribune.

Lawrence Mercieca is currently on work experience with the Tribune.