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Summerside man shares his heartfelt poem on bully abuse

Dylan Allen, from Summerside, is going strong with his campaign to help tackle bullying.
Dylan Allen, from Summerside, is going strong with his campaign to help tackle bullying. - Desiree Anstey

Dylan Allen wrote a poem that captures the raw emotions associated with feeling different

Although the bullying of Dylan Allen has come to an end, his fight to help others tackle abuse is going strong.

“I knew I had to do something about it to bring attention to the problem,” said Allen, who earlier this year encountered a group of youth hurling verbal profanities in his direction while he delivered mail.

Allen is a part of the Community Connections outreach program that partly involves delivering utility bills door-to-door. The not-for-profit organization also provides various kinds of support for people in the Prince County area with intellectual challenges.

After breaking his silence and sharing his bullying experience with the Journal Pioneer in May, one of the youth who had been bullying Allen responded with a heartfelt apology.

“He said he was really sorry and didn’t mean all the hurtful stuff he had said,” explained Allen, who has a type of autism called Asperger’s Syndrome.

Allen has now closed the chapter on the incident, but he hopes to help others by sharing how it feels to be bullied.

He wrote a poem that captures the raw emotions associated with feeling different, with the hope that it will send a message to bullies and discourage and inspire them to become a part of the solution, rather than the problem.

An excerpt from his poem goes:

"Please help me God, I feel so alone

I'm just an adult I can't take it on my own

I've cried so many tears writing this poem

I'm trying to fit in so I don't feel so lonesome

I wake up every day don't wanna leave my home

When people see me by myself they always say why are you alone..."

Allen says he hopes to get the message out to everyone because it takes a community to tackle the problem.

“I wanted to do something not just for me, but for everyone,” he said. “And to all the bullies, ‘Man up and be yourself. Find other ways to impress your friends and be cool.”

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