Tween Duo MICHAEL AND MARISA Speak Out on Bullying

In the wake of the devastating series of suicides – all rooted in bullying – that has swept the nation over the past few months, ‘tween singing duo MICHAEL AND MARISA are speaking up.

The Boston-based siblings wrote their song “The Same” after reading about Phoebe Prince, a 15-year-old Massachusetts teen, who, as result of bullying, committed suicide. Michael and Marisa released an acoustic version of the song ,off the recent EP It’s Like This, on YouTube to encourage their peers (the pair is 12 and 13, respectively) to put an end to this mean streak.

Their message: If you see something, do something. This month, the duo will spread this message further in  support  of the Pacer Center’s National Center for Bullying Prevention by donating funds to the organization. The Build-A-Bear Workshop Website is also playing their song during October,  Internet Safety Month.

“We feel that being 12 and 13 and being in middle school, we understand kids can be kids,” Marisa explains in the video. “For kids to tell kids to stop bullying is much more powerful than for grownups to say “stop bullying,” because it feels like a lecture – like a “clean your room” kind of thing. But for kids to tell kids is just…we just feel like that can change everything.”

Check out the clip below, and let us know what you think in the comments! 

For resources on bullying from Parents, click here.

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  1. by Rachel

    On October 21, 2010 at 12:19 am

    I really liked this song and video and appreciate their intention and effort.

  2. by Allison Kendrick

    On October 22, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    I appreciate this sound for several reasons. One, I was bullied a lot as a kid, starting in 4th grade until I was in High School. I had to learn to fight, including physically, and had severe depression partially due to that time. Secondly,I have children who were bullied–I ended up Home-schooling three of them to help with this. Thirdly, I have a sweet niece who was the victim of cyber-bullying, which is a new and insidious kind of bullying, especially cowardly because these bullies do not have to face their victims.

    I want to say also that some of my worst bullies were teachers–as an educational professional I abhor the teacher who tries to put down, keep down, and bully young people using their authority are also examples to bullies.

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