The cruelest room in the school was the lunchroom. "That's where ... kids bully people. There's the cool kids, the smart kids, the weird kids and everyone sits at different tables and bust on each other, which is slang for make fun. How you acted really was defining if you were gonna get picked on or not," she said.
Ultimately, Alisha decided to reform her ways. She said she hoped a nicer Alisha could serve as a role model for her younger sister and brother.
Saltz said bullies come in all shapes and sizes, but a common thread is that they haven't been taught empathy.
"You know, kids who aren't getting a message that being good and kind and empathetic count, hugely," Saltz said.
"Many kids who are bullying today are actually quite confident. They are athletes, they are attractive, they are academically high performers," Saltz said. "It's not as simple as this dynamic of, you know, I'm failing so I need to get more so I take it out on somebody else."
As with bullies, bullying takes many forms. "A lot of kids don't understand, for instance, that being shunned and left out, although not overtly tortured, is bullying," Saltz said.
Along with strict anti-bullying policies, education is the best approach to end the behavior, she said.
"A lot of it has to do with education, changing the culture. It's not cool to be a bully," Saltz said. "We're not gonna let it happen."
"The Bully Project" is an independent documentary that highlights kids and families across the United States through the school year as they deal with bullying. Their website offers advice on how to get help if you're a victim of bullying and how to donate to the project. Click here to learn more about "The Bully Project."