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The Epidemic Of School Violence: Former Bullied Student Reaches Out To Prevent School Rampages


January 23, 2007 – In junior high, she ate her lunch in bathroom stalls. By high school, Lizzie Vishnevsky spent lunchtime calling depression hotlines.

Vishnevsky was bullied. She was the butt of jokes. And she wasn’t laughing.

“On the very first day of junior high, a boy put a dead bug in my hair,” Vishnevsky remembers, “and I was nicknamed ‘bugs’ from that first day until the very end of junior high.”

“I remember being scared of everything and having vivid, frightening nightmares every night.”

It got so bad, she thought about suicide. And she came close.

And she thought about getting even.

She considered hurting the kids who made her life a living hell. She thought about taking a gun to school or a knife and doing something. But she never did.

Something stopped her.

“It’s not okay to do whatever you feel just because you’re hurting,” Vishnevsky says.

Vishnevsky is all grown up now, with four children of her own. And she’s on a mission to prevent school violence.

Lizzie Vishnevsky On Preventing School Violence

Lizzie Vishnevsky’s life-experiences uniquely qualify her to speak about school violence. She’s reaching out to students who may be on the verge of lashing out. She knows the signs. She knows the mindset. She’s been there.

Because she understands the desperation that bullied, isolated, depressed students feel, Vishnevsky has turned her experiences into a book to curb the epidemic of school violence and to give her perspective on life.

The Power To Be (ISBN #1424134048, $13.95) is about hope. It’s a book about how to overcome life’s struggles. It’s for teens and young adults—and even grown-ups--who feel hopeless and helpless—to let them know that there is a way out.

“I want my book to touch people’s hearts, to inspire them, and give them hope. “It’s such a crazy world we live in, but we should never give up.”

Though it’s been many years since her days in junior high and high school, the painful experiences are still with her.

“When I read or hear about a school tragedy, I do go back in my mind to when I was a student,” says Vishnevsky, “Back then, I was hurting so badly and nobody seemed to hear my cries for help.”

And she wants to prevent others from feeling that same way.

About Lizzie Vishnevsky:
Lizzie Vishnevsky lives in New Jersey along with her four children.

Contact Info:
To arrange a telephone interview, please contact To read excerpts of The Power To Be, please visit her web site
Ms. Vishnevsky will make a donation out of some of the book proceeds to help children in need.


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