Hi my name is Amanda, im 24 years old and here is my story. When I was in 6th grade I wrote a note to my best friend in class saying this boy was cute, the teacher took it and read it out loud. Ever since then that same boy decided to pick on me along with his buddies (I have a small mole on the end of my eyebrow) and they would say moley moley and other hurtful things. In middle school I had friends and I was a cheerleader from 6-12 grade but I felt so alone and so ugly I ended up cutting myself trying to commit suicide and had to go to a therapist. Mind you this harassment stayed ever since graduation in high school. It also got bad enough where I would make excuses to go to the bathroom to check out my apperance redo my makeup just make sure I looked ok (I still do this). Also I recall cheering on the sidelines for a football game one night and would yell mean things at me and laugh and I was just so embarrassed, at the end of the game I was so upset and so mad my parents had to hold me back from going after him. The teachers and guidance counslers didnt help but the therapist did a little. Maybe thats why I skipped class, school and was in school suspension all the time? Because of him I am depressed most of the time among other things and I have low self esteem. If I could go back in time I would have stood up for myself and fought back. Im 24 and this still gets to me and it shouldn't, sometimes I wish I had my therapist back. It was hard to post this but I am against bullying and I plan on teaching my daughter to stand up for herself and fight for what you believe and who you are. Everyone is different and they shouldn't be ridiculed by it.
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