I have been bullied for as long as I can remember. I'm now 25 years old, but ever since I started gaining weight at age 11. Due to issues at home, I started eating my emotions, and it soon started to show. Everyone in my family is skinny, except me. I became insecure about myself, and was soon a target for bullying. Even my family bullied me without realizing that thats what they were doing. I'm not from the United States, and at age 16 I came to the US for an exchange year. While I wasn't bullied here, I still noticed how people looked at me. The family I lived with were all bigger people. They taught me that looks don't matter, than I am my own person no matter what anyone else said. If it wasn't for that year, I don't know where I'd be now. I'm now a US citizen, and have surrounded myself with people that don't care what size I am, and will never try to put me down for being myself. When I go back home, I still get all the comments, and people don't realize words can hurt, and are considered bullying. Bullying hits close to home because my husband and I were both bullied. From experiences, teachers looked the other way and principals didn't do anything when bullying happened. My older brother would stand up to me if he was nearby, and one day he broke someone's finger for pushing me in the hallway at school. My brother got suspended, nothing happened to the kid that pushed me. He didn't break the kid's finger on purpose, he just pushed him back and the kid fell. To me, that is a problem. It encourages kids to not do anyting when they are bullied. They later talked it out, and became friends. The kid apologized to me, not realizing that was he was doing was bullying. This project is amazing. It finally shed light on something that many people turned a blind eye to. It also makes kids today stop and think about how they act and what they do. I will fight everyday to stop bullying. Even if I can only stop 1 person from being bullied, then I was successful.
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