here are some people that have got bulled or are geting bulled

Dan Tait, 19, Basingstoke

Young people: Dan Tait
Young people: Dan Tait
an Tait: 'My head of year told me I was inspirational'
I was once nearly killed by a student. He expressed his homophobic hatred by strangling me in front of a teacher and other pupils. I retaliated, and we were both excluded for three days. I was left with heavy bruising on my neck.
Being attacked where I was meant to be educated to understand cultures and to grow up was dreadful. When I went back, I felt vulnerable and like a victim.
I'll never forget the moment when my head of year told me I was inspirational to all students and had more courage than those who'd been through the school and not been open about their sexuality. He told me I should be proud of coming out. I think that was his way of apologising for my experiences, which had been beyond one person's control.
I scraped through GCSEs and did a further education course. Research by Stonewall shows that if pupils experience homophobia at school, they are less likely to go onto further education.
The biggest problem in tackling homophobia is raising awareness for people who lived in a generation where being gay was socially unacceptable. How can schools tackle homophobia when it can't be tackled at home?
I was recently involved in The Laramie Project, the play about the death of American student Matthew Shepard. In their planned protest to the play, including emails to the theatre, anti-gay protesters from the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church displayed hatred to an extent I'd never experienced before. The government denied the church entry to the UK to protest in person.
Those who are prejudiced are not educated enough on the subject to make comments or assumptions. The government needs to give schools guidance on dealing with homophobia and, more importantly, on how to prevent it. Local authorities need to make sure there is a safe place for lesbian, gay and bisexual people to go to that offers support for problems such as dealing with homophobia at home, coming out and depression. Homophobia will only be tackled when enough people are supportive of it, and when the people with the power decide to act upon it.

Ruqayah Begum, 14, Slough, Berkshire

Young people: Ruqayah Begum
Young people: Ruqayah Begum
Ruqayah Begum: 'Things changed because people got to know my friend'
When someone does acts in a racist way, they should ask themselves: "Why am I being racist? What will I achieve?". Then they probably will realise: "What I am doing is wrong." Once someone starts being racist to others then sooner or later they will feel guilty and will regret what they did. People just don't realise all the harm that is being created.
A Filipino friend of mine was treated unfairly by school bullies, but now she is living happily and that is because people tried to get to know her and found that she is a really nice person. She suffered verbal abuse, she was called short and a "boffin", and they would make fun of her eyes and push her around. She is 15 now and the bullying and racism lasted about a year. She also told the teachers and they spoke with the pupils. Her friends also helped by sticking up for her. Things changed because people got to know her.
My advice is think twice before treating people unfairly because you could never know, maybe one day you will go through the same emotion as the person you're calling names.
• Ruqayah is a member of youth conflict resolution charity Aik Saath.

Hassnain Khan, 14, Slough, Berkshire

Young people: Hussnain Khan
Young people: Hussnain Khan
Hassnain Khan: 'It is difficult to understand why some young people get bullied and others don't'
A 15-year-old Sikh boy at my school ran away last month because he was bullied; he was gone for three days before he came home. It wasn't name-calling, although the boys who were bullying him were Muslim, and Sikhs and Muslims sometimes get into conflict in Slough, but they were taking money from him. Recently he'd started to say no. His family is wealthier than everyone else around here.
The bullies threatened to beat him really badly, so he ran away from school and his family. His mother visited school to find him – she was crying at the gates. I felt so sorry for them. People were calling him "slumdog millionaire" because of the money he took to run away. It is difficult to understand why some young people get bullied and others don't. Sometimes I get picked on by older boys in my school – they call me names like "dopey". I wish people would just leave each other alone.
• Hassnain is a member of youth conflict resolution charity Aik Saath