I was a victim of bullying and cyberbullying throughout elementary school just because I learn differently. This resulted in painful, long-lasting consequences that cannot be ignored. For many years I was embarrassed and thought I was the only one who experienced bullying. I began to believe the terrible words that were said about me and I lost my self-confidence. Now, I refuse to let others define me. Rather than dwell on the negative, I am making a difference. I now feel comfortable to open up and use my life story as a teachable moment for students, parents and educators. Bullying should not be considered a “right-of-passage”- it is not to be ignored. The mental health repercussions are frightening as both victims and perpetrators have a greater propensity to depression in later life. Will you join me on my personal mission to eradicate bullying?