~sorry for the long, ranty post, I just think it has an important message, if anyone cares to read it~ “bullying doesn’t happen in this school”
“we encourage individuality here”
“we will fight again bullying to ensure it stops”
this is the type of shit I was subjected to on a daily basis during school. on Facebook, on msn, by email, in school and out with my friends. it was daily, relentless and was usually a group of 10 or 12 ganging up on me and tormenting me. if someone said these things to me now, I don’t think I’d be affected, but as you can see, this is from 7 years ago. meaning I was 15. but the bullying started when I was 11. I tried to act like it didn’t affect me but each night I would go home and cry and wonder what was wrong with me, why no one liked me and I truly started to believe I was ugly and a loser. these comments shaped my early teenage years and honestly, I’ve only just got over them in the last few years.
words can hurt, so much, especially when it’s a preteen/ teen person hearing it day in, day out from their peers. purely because I was different; I had different interests, music taste and fashion sense. I was afraid to be myself and afraid to express myself. I did end up self harming, something I struggled with for many years due to these events. I really felt ugly and alone. It wasn’t just name calling either, it was psychical abuse. I was locked in toilets, my stuff was drenched in water, I had stuff thrown at me, my work ruined etc. I reported this to my school SO many times, yet nothing was ever done. if they did get excluded, it would be for a couple of days and then they’d be back and even angrier. so on top of all this bullying, I felt ignored and rejected by the staff. This led to me skipping school because the bullying was too much, which led to my grades falling and me not reaching my top potential in school.
Bullying is serious.
It can seriously affect people in their adult lives.
More needs to be done to stop this.
Children need to be taught to love each other and welcome everyone’s differences and have respect for each other. We all need to learn to bring each other up instead of tearing each other down.