I have an 11 year old sister who has special needs. She has an undiagnosed developmental delay meaning she processes the world much slower than traditional kids her age. It took her many extra years to learn how to do basic skills like speak, walk, run and more. She is different, but that does not make her any less important than anyone else. Many people do not understand her and they automatically judge her just because she is not exactly the same as everyone else. No she has never come home from school with a bloody nose or a black eye from bullying but she has told me how the other kids act around her. Because she processes things slower she does not understand that when kids around her stare at her and whisper things while laughing and looking at her they are not being nice. People have asked me what is wrong with your sister, and is she a retard, and other awful questions. When I hear these things I just get so angry because to me, my sister is better than a traditional sister because she has taught me to stand up and be more aware of bullying towards other kids with special needs or towards some kids who are just different than most people. Although my sister has not realized she is slightly being bullied, I have realized just how much minor bullying goes on everywhere I go just because someone is a little different. I am ready to stand up to bullies, please join me and many others.
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