KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City teenager hopes her life story will help end bullying across the country.
Cara Losh is 16 and in the 11th grade. She says she’s been bullied for about seven years.
Now she’s written a book about her experiences titled “Words Do Hurt- Let’s End Bullying!” hoping that other teens won’t have to go through the same thing.
“I wrote this book because first of all I was inspired by my dad,” Cara said. “ He knows that I’ve been wanting to write a book about my experiences for a long time.”
“People would push me, shove me, kick me, hit me, take stuff away and break things that I had and I would be called all kinds of names about how I looked and I’d get threats, death threats, and all kinds of things that people would say they didn’t want me around. If I was late for class they would say, ‘Oh we thought you were dead.’”
“It made me feel sad all the time because I would ask myself where do I belong, cause I would just think wherever I went I would never be accepted. I would just think that nobody likes me and I don’t ever belong at any school and I’d come home in tears every day from school.
Cara said she wrote the book because she wanted to help other people going through similar things.
“I want people to know that there is hope and that we can end bullying and we can make it through.”
Cara said she hears of many kids who are bullied who don’t think their life is worth anything and want to get away from the pain.
“So I want to help those people and people who are dealing with this. So they can know that their life is a gift and they can make it through it and what people say about them isn’t true.”
Even bullies can learn from Cara’s story.
“A bully would get the perspective of how they’re making people feel since most bullies don’t really get the feelings of that person or how they feel about the way they’re being treated and they would say, “Oh this is wrong.” Because I’ve talked to people before who were actually bullies and they would say, “I don’t want to be a bully anymore, I didn’t realize what I was doing and I’m going to apologize to the people that I hurt.”
Cara’s advice for teenagers: “Be kind to each other no matter what and if somebody is being mean to you don’t get revenge.
Now school is going a lot better for Losh. It took her about one month to write “Words Do Hurt- Let’s End Bullying!” Most of the content came from her own experiences with the help of one friend. You can find it for sale on Amazon.com.
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