My name is Daniel Shelton, and I currently live in Highland Heights, KY. I was bullied my entire education career all the way from 1st grade to high school graduation. Bullying sent me to therapy, pushed me to be angry and on edge all the time. In middle school, I got bullied so much that I had to see a psychiatrist. This was after my P.E. teacher refused to do anything about the bullying, telling my mother that I would just have to deal with it (to which my mother hopped across the desk and slugged him. Go mom.) I started taking up martial arts in the hopes that I would be able to defend myself, but then I got made fun of for that, even after I was able to stop fights and fight back successfully. I started to hide from people in school, go find my friends, who luckily were bigger than me and could provide some form or protection from the older kids. I went to a school that required Military Police to walk around because of the gang member population, so you can imagine the level of violence those kids were capable of. When I got out of high school, my little brother had to deal with bullying as well. I am now 23 years old, and I want to make a difference. I wasn't able to get the kids that bullied me to stop, but I want to get the bullies of this generation to see what kind of damage it can do to children. I don't want other kids to go through the beatings, name calling, loneliness of being bullied.
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