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Mom Jeanine
October 7, 2011

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The Cambridge Satchel Company & MOMfinds Take A Stand Against Bullies

October is National Bullying Prevention Month so to help raise awareness, we’re teaming up with Julie Deane, the brains behind the wildly popular Cambridge Satchel Company. The issue hits especially close to home because Julie’s daughter was bullied. Julie actually started her company to fund her daughter’s education at a new school.

Because Julie knows firsthand how damaging bullying can be, we’re kicking our campaign against bullying off with a giveaway from Julie herself. One lucky reader will win their very own orange (the color of National Bullying Prevention Month) fluorescent satchel from The Cambridge Satchel Company.

To help further raise awareness about this important issue, we’ll be hosting another amazing giveaway later this month in conjunction with Spookley the Square Pumpkin. In case you’re unfamiliar, “The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin” book, DVD and toys are all about celebrating our differences because “it’s the things that make us different that make us special.” Spookley books are available for purchase at Barnes & Noble.

Want to win the satchel? Complete the following steps:

1. Sign up for our newsletter

2. Follow @camsatchelco on twitter

3. Share with us an experience with bullying (your own/your child’s ) or how a bullying situation was prevented/resolved in the comments section below.

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  • Hannah
    October 7, 2011

  • I bet that would look slick against a tweed jacket and pearls. I’m down!

  • Heta Shah
    October 7, 2011

  • Newsletter subscriber with same email address.
    I was bullied when I was very young because of my size and skin color. But my mom taught me to be away from those kids and be strong.

  • Megan
    October 7, 2011

  • I subscribe to your news letter (megancrose at gmail dot com), I follow camsatchelco on twitter (megancrose). And I do have a bullying experience to share. My six year old daughter has a language disorder and has on more than one occasion been asked “What language do you speak?” or told by her peers that she “talks funny”. Thankfully she has made tremendous progress and her IEP goals are nearly complete.. but her confidence has been rattled. We’ve found it best to begin with her, and explain that she is not “different” and should not feel discouraged. We feel the best tools against bullying we can give her are great self-esteen and self-confidence – we’re hopeful she will eventually learn to just brush it off, but for the moment, she is still extremely sensitive and withdrawn. It is heartbreaking. :(

  • Gerryl Puelle
    October 7, 2011

  • When I was in elementary school I was bullied because I had been promoted into the next grade. There were only three girls in my class, and the other two made my life miserable for a long time. I will never forget having a pair of sneakers smashed into my face!

  • Alicia @MommyDelicious
    October 7, 2011

  • Already a newsletter subscriber from the same email address. Followed @Camsatchelco on Twitter (@MommyDelicious). When i was teaching, I had a student who refused to come to school because of a classmate who bullied her. On days that she did come, she had severe anxiety and panic attacks. It was so horrible and continued until she spoke to me about it and i took action.

  • Allison
    October 7, 2011

  • Last year was a rough year for my 6th grader, now 7th. It brought back so many horrible memories. It was a mess, but we made it through. And now onto a new school with a different schedule and athletics, thank God, it’s been a better year!

  • Dawnya
    October 7, 2011

  • I was bullied as a teen for being skinny. It seemed odd to me then and hurts still today.

  • jessica marinaccio
    October 7, 2011

  • I took my 3 yr old twins to Yo Gabba Gabba – my sighted daughter was dressed in Camo she just loves that – and my blind daughter in pink – she could care less – a little girl about 5 looked at her mom when my 3 yr old sighted daughter was trying to play with her and very snottedly said ” ewwww momma she is dressed like a boy ” I know they are kids but i teach my kids not to judge people by disability, color , race . the clothes they may have on or where they come from. It took everything in me not to say something

  • Elaine
    October 7, 2011

  • I was bullied as a child for being too skinny and dark skinned. My mother always told me to be not listen to what other children say and be proud of being “morena” she would always have me say “morena pero bonita” I eventually grew up being proud of my skin and body type! Love you mom!

  • Valerie C.
    October 7, 2011

  • I’m a subscriber and Twitter follower (dragonfly777). I was bullied in elementary school. The teachers made a big deal about me being a MENSA member because of a high IQ test. A group of girls threatened me and made my school life miserable because of jealousy I suppose. I went directly to the principal. It was hard to do because I was so shy. Well, she acted immediately and resolved the situation by bringing the girls to her office! Thank goodness!

  • Karla Koenig
    October 7, 2011

  • Love the ORANGE. Different is GOOD, not so when I was a child but I am strong and raise my children to never make fun of others who are different in anyway. They try to step up and be a friend which makes me PROUD.

  • Karla Koenig
    October 7, 2011

  • Love the Orange, different is GOOD :)

  • Lizzi
    October 7, 2011

  • My daughter (9) has a bully in her class. The thing that is making it so hard is that her mother encourages her daughter and helps with the bulling. It’s so sad.
    We talk daily about these issues. It starts so young…so sad

  • AustinMochi
    October 7, 2011

  • My son started at preschool last year and was receiving some unwanted attention from another child in the classroom. Fortunately, I was able to contact that child’s mother and we worked cooperatively to help our children learn about how handle themselves appropriately instead, thank goodness. It was a good learning experience for me as a parent as well.

  • Pamela Hansen
    October 7, 2011

  • my son was born with severe asthma and developmental delays one day while picking him up from school i saw him on the ground being kicked by bullies while the tecahers who were too afraid of teh bullies stood inside and watched

  • Tori
    October 7, 2011

  • I was bullied in 7th grade 20 years ago for no reason and the only way it stopped was when my mother threatened them. The school was useless.

  • Henria O.
    October 7, 2011

  • I already receive your newsletter and I now follow @camsatchelco on twitter as @sazzyfrazzy.

    I was bullied in high school. I was 4′ 11″ and about 90 lbs so I was an easy target for one girl in particular. We both got on the school bus at the same stop and she would always tease me about my dress or my hair. To this day, I wish I would have had the courage to stand up to her then.

  • Meg T
    October 7, 2011

  • The school bus used to be the worst place for bullying. I even remember my brother getting a bloody nose when he was trying to stick up for someone who was teasing me. So sad. It’s so important to teach our kids the right way to treat one another. Love how this company was started.

  • Carrie
    October 7, 2011

  • I subscribe to your newsletter, I follow on twitter CarrieAn13, and I was picked on when I was younger because I developed early.

  • shopfreak
    October 7, 2011

  • Already a suscriber, twitter follower and I was bullied by an ex’s girlfriend in high school. I didn’t know her but she must have been insecure…

  • Ashley R.
    October 7, 2011

  • The sign up newsletter didn’t work. But I was bullyed so bad in High school that I had girl wait after school by my car to beat me up. One even almost tried and almost hit me with her car while I trying to get in my car to go to work. I ended up dropping out of school and taking my GED because I couldn’t handle it. To this day, visting home makes me feel uneasy thinking I will run into one of these girls. I have 2 little boys in school and already see it happening to them. This has to stop!

  • amy dendy
    October 7, 2011

  • hearing about children cornered and ganged up on at the bathroom at school is heartbreaking. Antibully movement is needed. No tolerance.

  • Alexis
    October 7, 2011

  • I am a subscriber

  • Alexis
    October 7, 2011

  • I follow @camsatchelco. my twitter name is @seriouslexly

  • john pratt
    October 7, 2011

  • i was bullied as a boy of 12 in the city of st. louis because i was white, thin, and had acne problems. i stood up to the bullies and ended up in a fight. the bullies gave me a black eye but left me alone after that because i wasn’t afraid of them and i didn’t listen to their taunting. bullies should never be tolerated.

  • Alexis
    October 7, 2011

  • My husband & I took our kids (5 and 6 months at the time) to the mall to play in the kids play area. Our son was playing with another boy, bigger and older than him, so we just reminded “our son” but really both of them to be careful. The grandmother of the other boy came over and put her hands on our son and shook him. I’m not sure what was said, but the look on his face was pure fright. He nooded his head and the woman came back to her seat which was right next to us. My husband and I saw the whole thing and we remained calm, thinking the best of the situation. My husband asked the woman, “did you put your hands on my son?”. She responded with, “yes. He should not be playing so rough.” my husband states, “well, they are boys and no one is hurt, but next time, don’t put your hands on my son and talk to me about it.” It turned uglier than better because the woman blurted out some racial slurs to us and really to everyone in the play area. As angry as we were, we remained calm and collected, because this is a prime situation where we knew our son and other children and families there and we wanted to teach our son how to handle confrontations. Although the outcome was not what we had hoped for, the woman and her grandson ended up leaving. My son was terrified. We told him if a stranger comes up to him in a threatening manner, or any manner that is questionable, to tell an adult/parent/guardian/police officer. I hope we taught him how to handle situations like that in a civil, not physical, non harmful to anyone type of way and that we are always here to talk to him about any situation. Communication is key.

  • Ashley Peters
    October 7, 2011

  • I’m already a newsletter subscriber, and I followed on Twitter!
    I was bullied as a child because of my weight, and as a result, I don’t have the fondest memories of my childhood. I remember not wanting to go to school and feeling sick to my stomach every morning because I knew I’d have to deal with the kids that picked on me. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a lot of awareness about bullying back then, and most people held the “kids will be kids” mentality. I’m so glad more is being done to prevent bullying now (especially with technology and all it entails), because if it prevents even one child from having to go through what I did, the world is a better place. =)

  • Candy Nickison
    October 7, 2011

  • I teach my children that bullying is unacceptable behavior and fortunately they are all kind hearted people that know better than to ever do this to anyone.

  • Katherine B
    October 7, 2011

  • I subscribe to the newsletter, and follow on @camsatchelco twitter.

    When my brother and I were in elementary/middle school, he would be picked on all the time because he had long hair and would wear it in a pony tail. We were only one year apart, so boys from my grade would tease me about it too. I got very sick and tired of people singing “Dude looks like a lady”.

  • Naomi
    October 7, 2011

  • When I was in elementary school, the kids used to call me “smart girl” as an insult. I just tried to ignore it and felt much better once I transferred to private school in junior high. It was a much more even playing field there!

  • Tia
    October 7, 2011

  • In high school, there was a girl who had cognitive issues and everyone picked on her all the time. She thought they were trying to be friends with her but they weren’t, I always stuck up for her whenever I saw it happening. To this day, I wonder how she is.

  • Tia
    October 7, 2011

  • email subscriber

  • jeannine m
    October 7, 2011

  • Email subscriber,,,follow on twitter @mellanhead. I was bullied by a bigger boy in elementary school. My mother talked to the school and the parents and nothing was done. I had two older brother that were in middle school (they are 7 yrs older then me). They got out of school early one day and waited by my school. When school let out and the bully started on me my brothers beat him up. Not a great solution but he never picked on me again. It also probably helped that his mother came to yell at my mother about my brothers beating him up and my mother told her he shouldn’t have been bullying a little girl then slammed the door in her face.

  • mary beth i
    October 7, 2011

  • Middle school was the worst – one day you would be friends with a group of people and the next day they would turn on you. I hated it went i went through it and it was horrible watching my DD go through it.

    I 1) subscribe via email at misaacmom at gmail dot com and 2) follow on twitter at misaacmom.

  • crystal allen
    October 7, 2011

  • signed up for newsletter, follow on twitter clallen1971
    my son has been bullied in the past and i always take it up with the school principal. we address the issue and usually that stops it for at least a while. i have tried to teach my kids to be open and honest with me and i ask questions daily and talk to my kids to see how their school life is. thanks. this is a very important topic.

  • San D
    October 8, 2011

  • Thank you for this amazing giveaway. I’ve been lusting after a Cambridge Satchel Co satchel for months now & would love love love to get my hands on one!

    My experience with bullying is unfortunately a recent one and I am in my late 20s. I was bullied by a few women who happened to be from our common social circle. This was in the form of cyber bullying, these women hated the fact that I could stand up for myself and voice whats wrong – so they took the most easy way out. By writing nasty blog pieces about me and posting nasty Fb messages. The experience left me emotionally shattered for the longest time – but I realized one thing – bullying can take many forms, it happens in schools and even offices, age has nothing to do with it. It can be overt or covert, but we have to find the strength within our-self and can overcome it with correct counselling and guidance from our loved ones.

    I also follow @camsatchelco on Twitter. Thank you. xo

  • Amanda
    October 8, 2011

  • subscribed with same email address. Following under @MrsBoudryUSA
    My sister was bullied every day at school when she was younger. We went to different schools, so when I was on break, I went to school with her one day to see how bad things really were. Before 1st period, some girl began circling us in the hallway, saying really horrible things. I quickly stepped in and let the girl know in no uncertain terms this behavior would not be tolerated without her suffering severe repercussions. Needless to say, I was called into the office and sent home before 8:00 in the morning. My sister was left alone from that day on.

  • shay
    October 8, 2011

  • Signed up for newsletter and follow them on twitter. Many of my friends were bullied in high school, but i was always the one to come to their recue and defend them.

  • Liz
    October 8, 2011

  • I started following @camsatchelco earlier this week, but I also signed up for your newsletter and my bullying experience directly ties into what I do today.

    I was one of those “geeky” girls that was always messing up the curve in the class, answering the teachers questions and working towards snapping up as many scholarships for college as I could. As a result, I was not well-liked by the other, non-geeky, snotty ladies in the classroom. They incessantly snickered, “Shut up, Liz!” whenever I spoke in class. That has always stuck with me and as a result, I have always made it a priority to NEVER shut up when I know the answer or have something to say. Plus, I started a blog called beinggeekchic.com a little over a year ago to try to shed light on what it means to be a female geek and telling our inspiring and true stories. I love Cambridge Satchel Company for this reason – another great person turning a negative situation into a positive. We need more people like this in the world.

  • Elenna
    October 8, 2011

  • I’m an email follower!

  • Elenna
    October 8, 2011

  • I follow on twitter (ELDemama), too.

  • Elenna
    October 8, 2011

  • Oh lord. I remember being bullied in junior high school and the idea that I will have to protect my kids from it with all the new media is terrifying. This woman is a complete inspiration. I hope I don’t need a brilliant idea like hers to protect my own kids though!

  • Nichole
    October 9, 2011

  • My friend’s son was bullied by a neighbor…MMA (mixed martial arts) is the way to go! Definitely a confidence booster :)

  • Vittoria
    October 9, 2011

  • i signed up for your newsletter and follow camsatchelco on twitter (@DolphinV27)

    i have a good friend who i recently found out was bullied intensely in high school. he switched schools to escape (much like the founder of the company did for her daughter i see) and was okay…but still to this day he thinks about it and blames himself for the attacks. that really made me think, that a grown man can still feel like he might have deserved the hurtful attacks of children. i don’t think a great support system was there from his parents or teachers all those years ago which is why it’s great now that conversations exist about bullying. if we keep talking about it, things will change!

    DolphinV27@aol.com

  • Deana Kneen
    October 10, 2011

  • I was bullied continuously as a child because I had red hair, and there was never anything done about it. But I remember at the time how angry and hurt I was, but now it has only made me stronger and I unfortunately had to learn to ignore it.

  • Kellie O
    October 11, 2011

  • I was bullied as a little girl because I was overweight as a child. My mom talked to the teacher at the school and the little boy who was just as overweight was talked to and sent home from school with a note to his parents. Then he never bullied me again. And I learned no matter what someone looks like, size, color, etc, they are just as special!

  • jonna
    October 12, 2011

  • in highschool, i am in a club called Gay-Straight Alliance that spread awareness in discrimination and bullying! we have may of our members that were bullied because of their sexual orientation and we welcome them to our club. we show them that there’s a place for everybody! right now we are working on a a flash mob to spread awareness!! STAND UP FOR EVERYBODY’S RIGHTS!

  • Sun Chicka
    October 14, 2011

  • signed up for newsletter
    following on twitter @sunchicka

    I used to be bullied for my clothes and my personality. I managed to overcome it and by surrounding myself with a positive outlook.