MONTREAL - The suicide of a teenaged girl in eastern Quebec has once again thrust the issue of bullying front and center.

Many people are coming to realize that so-called innocent teasing can have long-term psychological effects and really should not be a part of growing up.

Johnny Sacchetto has faced bullying firsthand at his elementary school and high school in Laval, and fought back.

"In elementary school, I'm not sure what I did, but I felt hated for something I didn't understand," said Sacchetto.

"They would just get into big groups and make fun of me all at once."

After enduring abuse for several years, he started talking to adults about it, and realized that telling just one person was not enough.

"You have to talk to more than just one person so you can be heard."

For the full interview, click the video player to the right.

Resources and advice

People seeking advice on bullying can get help:

Leave Out Violence 514-938-0006

Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868

PrevNet (866) 372-2495