Mikaela is 22 and has been out of home for about four years.

She spoke to us about the impact bullying and violence has had on her life…

“Bullying is so under estimated as a form of violence and how much it affects your entire life. I was verbally and mentally abused at school and it wrecked my self worth. Kids picked on me for everything! Excluding someone, being left out, is also bullying – it’s not just verbal or physical abuse that hurts. Cyber bullying is huge too.

I want schools to get the message to kids that being a bully is NOT ok.

Bullying’ is only on the news when someone is killed but some kids live this everyday. Bullying kills people.

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