A Silent Response to Bullying

Alye Pollack is a 13-year-old student at Westport Junior High in Westport, Connecticticut.

She’s says she’s been bullied at school every day since sixth grade. In response, she created this wordless YouTube video, “Words are worse than Sticks and Stones.” It’s caught on and now has over 35,000 views. Pollack’s mother didn’t even find out about the video until it was posted online.

Watch the video. It’s sad but inspiring at the same time. She’s clearly struggling, but she’s dealing with the problem as best as we can imagine.

If you want to reach out to her, send an email here.

About Ryan O'Hanlon

Ryan O'Hanlon is the managing editor of the Good Men Project. He used to play soccer and go to college. He's still trying to get over it. You can follow him on Twitter @rwohan.


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  2. My whole family was bullied. My own experience occurred over six nightmare years at a boarding school in Australia. I was stuck with it 24/7. 30 years later my niece was also a victim as a boarder at the same school. But her cries were heard and heeded and she was moved to a different school where she thrived. Both my daughters were victims in several different schools in three different states. Both their partners were bullied. My husband was bullied. And on it goes. And now I am fighting back. I am realistic enough to realise that bullying probably will not be stopped completely (not in my lifetime anyway) but I AM trying to make a difference – to reassure victims that they are not alone, to give bullies some idea of the sorts of effects their actions can have on their victims, if they care and to raise awareness about this horrible phenomenon within the general community, particularly among disbelievers or those who are not interested because they feel they have never been personally affected. I had a book published last year, called ‘Bullseye’ – a compilation of some 36 case histories written and submitted by victims of bullying around around Australia and one from the UK. I am looking for a lot of support particularly among people who have been victims or have a loved one who has been and would be prepared to help somehow. I am not looking to instigate programmes. Please feel free to contact me on abccalligraphy00@hotmail.com
    Thank you.
    Lannah Sawers-Diggins

  3. I think it’s perfectly okay to have just 3 or 4 friends. In today’s culture, I would be concerned if she had too many friends. But I’m glad this young lady made this video because not talking about it could make her situation worse. She looks like she could be someone who is close to suicide. Someone needs to help her deal with bullying because it won’t stop just because she asked them to.

  4. When I was 14 years of age, I transferred to a new school for one semester. It was my freshman year. The kids there teased and bullied me. No matter what I did, it just got worse.

    Looking back, it was because I had no back-up, no posse. No one knew me. Plus, I was going through an awkward stage. It was very painful. It had never happened before. I suffered through it as best I could without telling anyone at home.

    Over the summer, I got taller, made some friends and decided no one would ever do that to me again. I wish I could be 13 for a day and hang out with Alye. We’d straighten some people out and find Alye a base of confidence to stand on.

    When school started up again, some of those same kids transferred over. On purpose, I took on the toughest girl in the school (verbally). Never had any problems after that.

  5. Amazed

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