By Samuel, Age 11
Being me, people always say to be yourself and not to be like other people for otherwise you will have no point of being in this world if you don’t make an impact, and for some people they can’t help but fall into what everyone else is doing and can never speak for themselves, but other
people like me have something different and people make fun of us even if they are one of the people that they are making fun of but they are to scared to admit it and disrespect them just because they are different but it doesn’t have to be that way and it shouldn’t be that way. People always say, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” and, in real life that is not at all true, words hurt and I can tell you from first hand experience being called faggot and many other slurs regarding me and who I am as a person, so like I said words hurt and sometimes they hurt more than physical pain because our thoughts influence our actions and our actions influence our entire life and our life influences the lives of others, and being brought down like that is not fair for anyone. In our community we have so many culturally diverse people and so many different people and no one should be leading us down the dark path we were already on, and we should see, “a light at the end of the tunnel,” and celebrate being different, celebrate being me .