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Westport Student Issues YouTube Plea to Bullies

A Bedford Middle School student created a YouTube video in response to the regular bullying she endures.

Editor's note: The embedded video appears to be broken, but the video can be accessed here.

Alye Pollack, a 13-year-old student at Bedford Middle School hears hateful words everyday in Westport schools: ugly, weird, freak, and far worse.

In Australia, one victim's response to bullying has attracted worldwide acclaim after the teen fought back. Pollack, an eighth grader, took a different approach. Her YouTube video, which has already garnered more than 2,000 views, quietly reveals the pain caused by bullying.

Holding up sheets of papers with writing, she reveals the effects bullying has had on her without saying a word.

"Think before you say some of these things. It might save...lives."

"I'm in therapy/guidance more than my classes."

"Will high school get worse????????"

The comments on the video are mostly words of support from strangers and classmates.

"In my video, you will see what I go though everyday, what the result of bullying is or may turn out to be and what is going on in the town of Westport, Connecticut," she told Patch in an email. "No, not just Westport, it is also schools all around the country."

This story was originally published on March 25 at 5:30 a.m.

Nancy March 30, 2011 at 12:12 AM
Ayla, There are few people in this world who have the gift of being able to bring the kind of clarity that you have to this situation.....and you did it all while under duress. Think about that. I believe with all my heart that you are going to pull through this with flying colors in part because of your ability to find a narrow passage through to the other side. On the other side are people who reject nastiness, who embrace love and kindness, and who rejoice in truth and honesty..... I believe you are already almost there.....take heart and keep being that person who puts yourself out there in the name of caring for others. You are loved and you have already immeasurably changed this world to be a better place. Please take care of yourself.....we need people like you in this world.
Darren Seely March 30, 2011 at 12:48 AM
Dear Ayle, First off, I am so sorry you have had to deal with this awful form of abuse from your peers. Secondly, kudos to you for having the courage to make and post this video. My name is Darren and I've been teaching 8th grade English in Massachusetts for the past 9 years. By the way, I grew up in Norwalk and attended private school in New Canaan so I can totally relate to the "Fairfield County" upper class school system and how the "have nots" are treated. I will be showing your video to all of my students tomorrow. I have seen many cases of bullying over my years of teaching and unfortunately, it seems to be getting worse. The fact that cyber-bullying can occur anywhere and at anytime (and difficult to police) has brought the issue to whole new level. This past school year I have seen several cases of kids who have cut themselves, skipped school, lost interest in academics and/or sports & clubs, or just shut down and withdrawn themselves from social interaction unless absolutely necessary. This saddens me. Ayle - be brave and please don't give up. I don't know you, but wish you were one of my students so I could help you through this with more than a comment on this website. From what I can gather from how well you put together this video, and the plethora of supportive comments above, I can tell that you are a good person (probably pretty wicked awesome actually - it's a Massachusetts saying) and are loved by many. Be strong. You are in my thoughts.
Cole Godfrey March 30, 2011 at 04:40 AM
Alye- Keep your head up and know u are fabulous. Kids who bully almost always have something wacky going on in their own lives and they cant always know or stop doing what they do, but you don't have to be part of that. Do your thing girl! Be as cool or wild or smart and lovely as u wanna be & pay NO attention to the freaks that bully. Feel sorry for them, they know not what they do. Make some cool friends and go have fun doing something u are good at & you love. Spend time with good people and just be careful about who you let into your life, only positive folks should surround us :). Always ask your family for help if u need it and never listen to nonsense. Be Fabulous Alye!!! Cole Godfrey
B March 31, 2011 at 04:23 AM
An unbelievable amount of this town's adult residents are so rude, inconsiderate, mean, judgmental (not all, yet a good percentage), and socially its becoming acceptable. Parents need to wake up, and teach their kids that "looks and money" are not everything, they learn by how YOU treat others. Its not OK, in any circumstance to treat anybody the way this girl was treated. Treat others the way, the way you wish to be treated.
casi April 08, 2011 at 10:43 PM
Alye-- I will be your friend!!! Please don't ever hurt yourself over these thoughtless people---You will have the time of your life in high school..

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