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Westport Teen Sends Inspiring Message on Bullying

WESTPORT, Conn. – It’s been one year since Westport teen Alye Pollack gained national attention with an emotional YouTube video about how she had been bullied in school since sixth grade.

Now a freshman at Staples High School, Alye recently released a new three-minute video . It's similar to the first one in that she does not speak but instead displays handwritten signs. But her message this time is a happy one that offers hope to kids who are bullied.

“My life has changed soooo much … I’ve made so many new friends,” she wrote on one sign. “And I remain friends with the people who have accepted me.”

However, on the next sign she emphasizes that it doesn’t matter how many friends someone has. Rather, she said, it only matters how supportive and accepting those friends are.

Although the bullying may not have totally stopped, she said she doesn’t let what others say get her down anymore. “Because I know what they say is not true,” she wrote.

She said she feels bad for the people who bully her. She goes on to offer a message of support to others who are bullied, urging them not to harm themselves.

“Don’t try to end your life,” she pleads. “It is a permanent solution to a temporary problem, and it's never the answer!”

She also encourages others who are bullied to stand up for themselves.

“It gets better,” she wrote in all capital letters. “Be yourself. You are loved.”

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