teenscene A Time to
By being aware of the signs
of bullying, both students
and their parents can help
put an end to this terrible
trend among teenagers
hen Jules Rosario was crowned Tennessee’s Per-
fect Junior Teen last summer, she knew exactly
what her platform was going to be and how she
could use her title to make a difference. Jules was
going to speak out against bullying.
Jules is a 14-year old with a passion for speaking out against
bullying. She is an upcoming sophomore at Sullivan South High
School in Kingsport, TN. Her passion for putting a stop to bully-
ing is a result of experiencing bullying ﬁrst hand. Jules has been
bullied physically, mentally, on the internet, and by personal
threats. This personal experience is the inspiration for Jules’ non-
proﬁt organization, The Stop Bullying Foundation, Inc.
Jules’ middle school years were ﬁlled
with incidents and episodes of her being
bullied. She ﬁrst experienced bullying in the
6th Grade when she changed her extra-cur-
ricular activities from playing sports to
modeling and pageants. She was the target
of threats and physical bullying from a
group of fellow students. Jules has contin-
ued to be a target of these students’ bullying
over the past 2 years, but she has taken the
proper steps and notiﬁed teachers and adults about the bullying.
The goal of the foundation and website is to help reach kids
that are being bullied or have been bullied and to give them an op-
portunity to come forward with their story. She hopes to be able to
make a difference in the lives of fellow students by saving them
from feeling the way she has.
As a Tennessee non-proﬁt foundation in the ﬁght against bul-
lying, Jules’ work includes:
Working with the Sullivan County Sheriff ’s Dept. on a Stop
Bullying Camp for summer 2012.
● Working with the Sullivan County Health Dept. to commu-
nicate Stop Bullying information throughout the county.
● Speaking to the Sullivan County Board of Education about
bullying in schools and her crusade to put a stop to it.
● Appearing on “Daytime Tri-Cities” to speak about the need to
● Featured speaker at the Women’s Expo. Jules was able to speak
out against bullying and she spoke to parents about what they
need to know about bullying.
● Participating on a panel discussion regarding bullying in local
school PTA meetings.
● Designing t-shirts with her message on
them to help spread the word about stop-
ping bullying. Her goal with the proceeds
from the shirts will go to the Boys & Girls
Clubs of America to help purchase train-
ing materials for them to use to educate
students on ending bullying. Jules’ motto
is “Stop Bullying Before it Stops You”.
Jules’ middle school
years were ﬁlled with
incidents and episodes
of her being bullied.
WHAT EXACTLY IS BULLYING?
A bully is someone who enjoys threatening others, picks on
people, and uses words to hurt others mentally or physically.
Bullying can be:
● Physical, mental, emotional, and now cyber.
● It can be someone calling you names.
● Someone picking on you.
● Someone threatening you harm.
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