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frenchfan13
frenchfan13 asks:
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Why do people call me this on the bus?

People call me a Mexican when I am not one. They are tiny middle schoolers.
In Topics: Bullying and teasing
> 60 days ago

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Boys Town National Hotline
Dec 22, 2011
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What the Expert Says:

We aren't sure why they would do that.  It may be that they are making racially charged jokes, it could be that they are looking to get a reaction from you, or they may simply be trying to impress their friends.  If it was simply a miscommunication, we don't think you would probably be upset enough about it to write this website.  If it continues, there are a number of things you can try to get it to stop.

#1-Ignore them.  Slap on some headphones and just let them say what they want.  Sometimes if they see it doesn't bother you, they will simply stop.

#2-Tell them to stop.  Just say could you please drop it calmly and seee how they respond.  They may be taken aback because you stood up for yourself.

#3-Sit with a friend who can stand up for you.  Sometimes bystanders can be stronger against bullies than the people they are targetting.  Ask a friend to stand up for you and it may do the trick.

#4-Tell a teacher, the bus driver, or prinicipal.  You deserve to feel safe going to school.  If you need, let an adult know what is going on who can address this situation.  

We wish that there was one simple way that you could do to stop bullying, but it is a very complicated problem.  But the more tools to have to get them to quit, the better luck you will have.

Call our hotline if you ever need to talk.  We are here to help!

Counselor, Dominic
Boys Town National Hotline-A Resource for Parents and Teens
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www.yourlifeyourvoice.org

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silentnoise
Dec 19, 2011
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They are immature and probably trying to impress their peers with what sounds like nonsense to us, but hilarious to them. In junior high kids haven't matured much from elementary school, they think they are cool because they are in middle school. My advice is don't show it upsets you because it will just fuel them. Even if you ignore them, they might not stop, but just let it go, its not worth the time or the effort.

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dazzy
dazzy writes:
because you look like a mexican
> 60 days ago

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dazzy
dazzy writes:
just pay them with patience just look at them as if you don't hear when they get tired they stop calling you that
> 60 days ago

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haitian-daddy
haitian-daddy writes:
before u care about how they call you,ask yourself why you even care..
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roselina23
roselina23 writes:
Probably because u are light skin and they are making fun of u because they been teased before and probably they want to teased someone like u
> 60 days ago

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