I was teased growing up about the way I looked. Then in intermediate and high school I was told, "Get the hell out," by various people as I would walk down the halls with gestures that accompanied it. Plus still teased about the way I looked and my last name. Needless to say, I'm not one who'd say that high school was the best time of my life. But it does get better.
I am now married with 3 children of my own. My oldest has Asperger's and ADHD. He's been bullied since kindergarten. He is now finishing 3rd grade and we are changing schools. What he has gone through is so much worse that what I went through. He's been pushed, teased, punched, spit on, yelled at, threatened on many occasions. My husband and I have tried to speak to the principal on many occasions as well. Unfortunately, like the principal in Bully... we've had the same response.
Seeing my son's pain and even having him tell me, "Life would be better off without me," when he was only 8 reignited those moments I went through and so much more. I vow to take a stand so that no one has to go through what we're going through. But I also want to say, always look for your rainbow. It's my son's favorite thing to do. They remind us that at the end of a storm beauty emerges. Every one of you, us, is beautiful. The right people to appreciate us will always come along just like the rainbows if we can get through the storm.
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