Wadded-up tissues littered Rishel Middle School's gym floor as tough teenagers sobbed, hugged their peers and told gut-wrenching stories about their lives during an all-day session intended to break down barriers.

One 13-year-old said he was abandoned by his parents and that he lies awake at night scared by sounds of gunshots outside his window.

A 15-year-old girl talked about attempting suicide and urged anyone with similar thoughts to reach out for help.

And a teacher tearfully warned students about their actions by revealing he was a bully when he was younger - until the person he tormented tried to kill himself...