If I could go back to those painful middle school years, I would. I would be lying if I said I was heavily bullied but I dealt with my fair share throughout junior high. First, I was super skinny, weighing only 90 pounds so people, usually the boys that had an early growth spurt, would constantly pick on me for being weak. I was also a cheerleader from 5th-8th grade (not by choice) which added another target on my back. I'm a horrible dancer and let's just say, the girls who had been dancing their entire lives noticed and would call me out on a regular basis. So when I was in 8th grade, my parents put me in Tae Kwon Do in hopes that I would gain confidence. I did, eventually. But when kids at school found out about my new hobby, it didn't take them long to isolate me because of that. Nearly every day in high school, kids were asking me to perform martial arts on them and when I would say no (because I was under oath that I wouldn't misuse Tae Kwon Do) they would say things like "Oh you couldn't hurt me anyways" and other derivatives of that. Although it's been quite some time since I've been bullied, after watching "Bully", I was reminded of all those hard moments I endured. With that being said, if I could go back to those years, I would. I would stand up for myself rather than staying silent and letting the bullies win every time. Watching "Bully" made me want to hug every person that has been a victim of such hatred and abuse. Since that's clearly impossible, I'm on here, hoping to make a difference, even if it's minor.
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