Why Bullies Bully
What you need to know about bullying, bullies, and how to stop the cycle of bullying.
Life After Being Bullied
Fonville's years as a bullying target are over. As a junior in high school,
she's developed a healthy self-esteem, a strong sense of who she is and wants
to be, and the unique ability and desire to help others who are being
"There's a kid in my school who has autism," Fonville says. "The other kids
bully him all the time. They make fun of him, pick on him, make him do things.
And once one of them starts, they all jump in and do it together."
But not when Fonville is around. She is an advocate for students who are the
target of bullying, standing up for them and standing up against the bullies.
She is also a vocal spokeswoman in her community and online, helping people to
understand her simple message: Do not accept bullying or look the other
"Bullying is not a part of growing up," Fonville says. "No one deserves to
be treated badly."
Fonville's advice to parents: "You need to know what goes on… and control
the Internet [use]. Instill in your kids respect and how to treat others and do
it at an early age."