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Pete 28/06/2012 02:36:04
Wah Wah. Sick of these gays and their bullying crap. Don't be a ***** and stick up for yourself and it won't happen.
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Kristen 28/06/2012 17:06:48
I don't understand why people feel a need to criticize this video. It's an expression of hope and encouragement to people who are struggling. A lot of people have experiences with bullying and feel hopeless, this might be something they need to hear. So if it's not for you then just leave it alone; this entire world doesn't revolve around you.
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Steven 28/06/2012 05:24:07
Pete, until you can say that you understand what it is like to be bullied in high school for an issue as personal as this one, I won't listen to any advice you may think is right. All I know is that there have been too many suicides happening, ESPECIALLY in this community. Whether they were from being gay or not, something needs to be done. If you don't support this, fine. That's your own decision. But it's because of people like you why these high school kids feel like they have no where else to turn. People like you who say not to be such a ***** and to man up. How do you explain the reasons why Billy Lucas from Greensburg Indiana, Jack Reese from Utah, and Jamey Rodemeyer from Buffalo, NY all took their own lives from the amount of pressure from their peers? Is it becuase they weren't manly enough? Is it because they never even tried sticking up for themselves? I GUARANTEE you they at least tried. Please do me a favor and let these mourning parents know that their children were *******. Do you think they would agree? I mean you are too narrow minded to understand that some kids are just not fighters. Some kids think even less about themselves than others may. So I'm sorry, but in reply to your message, I am personally sick of these haters and their bullying crap. So we will just have to agree to disagree.
*By the way, I'm taking your own advice and sticking up for myself right now if you really think that's what it will take to stop bullying in high school.
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Pete 28/06/2012 02:37:50
Not that big 'o deal to me. You need it more than me. 
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Karen Greathouse 28/06/2012 10:10:25
Let me get this straight, Pete and Bullied. Are you suggesting that Steven retaliate in the same manner in which he was treated? Does violence stop violence? Does hatred stop hatred? Live in the light, please. I've raised Steven to be the strong man he is today. Until you have walked a mile in his shoes, perhaps you shouldn't judge his strength. I watched this video and was surprised that he didn't tell other stories that might have broken a weaker man in his youth.

Try living gay in a world of hatred for just one day, and then judge us.
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28/06/2012 14:47:46
In order for energy to be stopped it takes an equal and opposite reaction to do so. You act as if a simple man to man fight is a bad thing, which is a big problem with today's boys and men...they have been neutered largely in part to the very 'Nanny State' philosophy that you are preaching. To think a person could stand up and do something for himself without the states assistance, what a novel concept.
David stood up to Galaith did he not? What about other instances in the bible that a fight was needed to conquer and adversary? Laying over isn't what is needed to happen, you become a slave if you do, you become weak and timid if you do, and you will be ran over by the general population.
And yes, he should have retaliated right then and there when they attacked him. He should have shown them that he wasn't going to sit by and allow it to happen to him; that he was willing to take a bloodied nose to so he wasn't afraid to stand up for himself. Instead, like a dog putting his tail between his legs, he walked away, and became depressed. WTF!!! If you would have hit him square in the nose, you wouldn't have felt like you should have done something for yourself.
This isn't about being bullied, but more about having the courage to stand up against a foe or problem and meeting it head on. Giving up and giving in seems to be much easier road to travel then to pick a line in the sand and dare someone to cross it.
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Karen Greathouse 29/06/2012 06:36:46
Really? What about Budda, MLK Jr, and Rosa Parks? They advocated for a more passive resistance approach and changed the world. Strength isn't always physical or negative. However, good luck with that approach to life. You do have the right to live the way you want just like everyone else.
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Kristen 28/06/2012 17:10:39
Yes, you should stand up to a group of 4 or 5 guys and fight them by yourself. Great advice.

But you do have a point: what DOES need to happen is for people to stand up against bullying. That would be the adequate equal and opposite reaction.
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Karen Greathouse 29/06/2012 06:39:12
Good point, Kristen.
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Phil Swaim 29/06/2012 04:29:42
But I think the commenter's point is what energy or force is "standing up" to bullying? A fist to the face is a force. So are numbers, but the problem with numbers is that soon you will be by yourself. Self defense is not a crime nor something we should tell our kids not to do. We need to teach self defense. Not offense. Defense.

Now, what other force can "stand up" to bullies? Ideas?
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Bullied to Bully 28/06/2012 09:06:04
First off, children are mean at that age, in case you didn't know...I was the fat kid that got picked on, bullied, and ridiculed for being fat...however, my dad told me something one day, when i came home crying in the 2nd or 3rd grade...he said, 'Never start a fight, but never back down from one either'...today this advice would seem like child endangerment...but this is exactly what I needed to hear...
The next day at school, the bullies started after me as soon as we got onto the playground...I hid for a while, thinking they would find something better to do...little did I know, picking on the fat kid was the best thing these hoodlums could com=e up with. It didn't take them long to spot me, hidden in a playground piece on the little kids area...they ran towards me, and knowing I was in trouble, I jumped out of where I was hiding and ran as fast as I could.
As I was running, crying, screaming; and as they were laughing, yelling, and calling every possible name that had something fat in it, my dad's voice started to scream at me...I ran still, up the 'Willy Worm' (its like a jungle gym) and decided enough was enough. They were right behind me, and I was about 5 ft off the ground on the equipment. I turned, held on tight, and kicked the closest one square in his head with the heel of my boot. I didn't mean to hurt him, I didn't mean to fight back so violently, but like a rat in a cage, I struck home, and he fell backwards and laid still as his body made a thump on the ground.
He went to the hospital, bleeding a bit from his forehead, his other buddies ran off to tell on me; but from that day on, I was no longer the fat kid that got picked on...I was the fat kid that just beat up the biggest bully in school. Instant hero over night, and though I got spanked by the principle of that school, I felt justified in my actions.
I did everything I could to prevent this for those that think I should have told others about it, I had and to no avail. I am glad the did nothing, because had they stopped the bulling, I wouldn't have realized how good it was going to feel when I kicked his butt.
Grow up, grow some, and make a stand for yourself like a man...just because you may be different doesn't mean you're allowed to be a wimp...who cares if you might get beat up once or twice, one of those times, you are going to have the upper hand, and when you do, let him have it with all your might...
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Bullied to Bully 28/06/2012 09:06:40
First off, children are mean at that age, in case you didn't know...I was the fat kid that got picked on, bullied, and ridiculed for being fat...however, my dad told me something one day, when i came home crying in the 2nd or 3rd grade...he said, 'Never start a fight, but never back down from one either'...today this advice would seem like child endangerment...but this is exactly what I needed to hear...
The next day at school, the bullies started after me as soon as we got onto the playground...I hid for a while, thinking they would find something better to do...little did I know, picking on the fat kid was the best thing these hoodlums could com=e up with. It didn't take them long to spot me, hidden in a playground piece on the little kids area...they ran towards me, and knowing I was in trouble, I jumped out of where I was hiding and ran as fast as I could.
As I was running, crying, screaming; and as they were laughing, yelling, and calling every possible name that had something fat in it, my dad's voice started to scream at me...I ran still, up the 'Willy Worm' (its like a jungle gym) and decided enough was enough. They were right behind me, and I was about 5 ft off the ground on the equipment. I turned, held on tight, and kicked the closest one square in his head with the heel of my boot. I didn't mean to hurt him, I didn't mean to fight back so violently, but like a rat in a cage, I struck home, and he fell backwards and laid still as his body made a thump on the ground.
He went to the hospital, bleeding a bit from his forehead, his other buddies ran off to tell on me; but from that day on, I was no longer the fat kid that got picked on...I was the fat kid that just beat up the biggest bully in school. Instant hero over night, and though I got spanked by the principle of that school, I felt justified in my actions.
I did everything I could to prevent this for those that think I should have told others about it, I had and to no avail. I am glad the did nothing, because had they stopped the bulling, I wouldn't have realized how good it was going to feel when I kicked his butt.
Grow up, grow some, and make a stand for yourself like a man...just because you may be different doesn't mean you're allowed to be a wimp...who cares if you might get beat up once or twice, one of those times, you are going to have the upper hand, and when you do, let him have it with all your might...
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Angie 28/06/2012 09:27:12
LOL That wasn't real.....it was just a dream you had. LOL
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28/06/2012 09:50:55
The school was Eastside Elementary in Edinburgh; around 1980 I think, maybe 1981....anyone that was in the first or second grade, during those years would remember Troy, and the kid that put him in the hospital...the whole school was terrorized by his little group of bullies...
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28/06/2012 09:46:10
Nah, it was real, and about 5 or so years after this, after several moves throughout the area for both of us, this kid and I ran into each other again. This time, however, was much better terms. We didn't know it at the time, who we were to the other, we were kids and stuff like that has a way of losing some of the details. So, for about a month or so, we were best friends in the neighborhood we lived in, and one day, not sure how it came out, we realized who the other was...after a few apologies on both of are parts, and a good laugh as we remember the aftermath of that event; we stayed good friends. I have him and most of his family on my FB; though we have moved a part and went in different directions.
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