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Brave Burrillville teen stands up to bullying

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BURRILLVILLE - "All I remember is, it hurt really bad. And I saw blood go all over my shirt, and I yelled get off me."

13 year old Noah Laprade recounts the bullying he faced on the bus last April while on his way home from Burrillville Middle School.

He was used to some verbal abuse... but this was different.

"The first student jumped into the seat, held me down and started punching me... and another student came up from behind the seat and started stabbing me with a pencil," he said.

With the bullying out of hand Noah and his mother filed a police report. In it Noah recalled the fight happened right behind the bus driver, who he says did nothing to stop it.

"I understand you have to have your eyes on the road, and you can't be everywhere at all times, but there has to be some type of protocol in place for something like this when this is happening," said Mom Laura.

Which is exactly why Noah is speaking out.

He wants to let others in his situation know that it's ok to stand up for yourself, and to reach out and ask for help.

And he has a message to all those bullies out there:

"I know, for you, it seems like a way to take out your anger. Or it might just seem funny. But it's not. You're ruining these people's lives. So, you really should stop," he said.

Since the incident one of the bullies involved in the fight has apologized to Noah. The two are now friends.

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