Looks Don't Matter

June 6, 2008
By Michaela Bianca, Schenectady, NY

Looks Don't Matter

I am pretty sure that someone has called you a name that you don't appreciate before. I know that
someone has done that to me and I didn't appreciate it.

Looks don't matter. The saying, "don’t judge a book by it's cover," is true. Six out of ten American
teenagers have witnessed bullying at least once a day. Just because someone may look different doesn't mean they are a bad person. You never know just by
looking at someone about their personality, what they're like, what they like to do or just about anything.

Everyday a kid, teenager or even an adult is discriminated against or put down in some way just because maybe they have red hair or big eyes or something that doesn't matter. In fact that something is what makes that person unique and someone is pointing it out in a negative way.

I have personally been made fun of and been called weird just like a lot of people, just because of the way I may act. Sometimes I know that I can be a little overwhelming but that doesn't mean I am impossible to be around. Sometimes people don't realize that they are discriminating against that person and hurting them.This could be because some people have different ways
of taking things depending on their personality.

So you should think about what you say before you say it because you might think it is funny but someone else might take it offensively.

Sometimes even your friends might put you down in front of people and hurt and embarrass you. They might think they are being funny and entertaining other people, but they are hurting their friend.

One-third of youth are bullied at least once a month. This needs to come to a stop and not only does someone
need to stand up for you, but you need to stand up for yourself.

If you see your friend or anyone being bullied you should take a stand and tell them to leave them alone or
approach the situation in an appropriate way. Just by saying
something and standing up for someone you are taking a step towards solving the problem or bullying.

I believe that people need to put themselves in other's shoes and see how they would feel if someone was treating
them that way and see what it is like. I think that they would realize it isn't fun and they would stop bullying people.

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