Jamie started the foundation to help other kids in the same situation that she was in. "I want to let other victims of bullies know that they're not alone," she said. "They're really not. Most people have been bullied at some point in their lives."
Besides starting the foundation, Jamie has written a book about her experiences, has given talks at several schools and recently talked to young prisoners at the New York City jail on Riker's Island.
"I've been asked to start a program with the prisoners to help teach them how important it is for them to think through their actions because they affect everyone around you," Jamie said.
She has also been working with New York lawmakers to urge passage of more stringent bullying and cyberbullying laws. She's currently working on an accountability law that would make schools responsible if they fail to take steps to protect bullying victims.
For kids who are currently being bullied, Jamie recommends always looking for something positive that happened in your day. If the bullies wrote on your locker, but you got a great grade in algebra, focus on the good grade, she said, because it helps to cancel out the bullies' behavior. If the situation gets to be too much, and you can't afford private schools, you can often change schools within a district, she said.
Her advice for those who are bullied online is to block people on Facebook or other social networking sites so you can't see what they're doing.
The most important thing, she said, is to find someone to talk to about the bullying. "Don't be afraid to tell your parents," she said.
And the bullies themselves should "straighten up their act," Jamie said. "Ultimately, they're wasting their time, and they'll only ruin their own lives."
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