Hello! My name is Sean and I am a 23 year old Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps and I was bullied from the time I was 8 until I left High school. When I first began to be bullied it was at the hands of one of my best friends when I lived in Arizona. He would hit me and call me names and this was because he was pressured to do so by other children. I moved to a different school and when I came back a month later he and the other children would call me traitor under their breath. After another year I moved to Chicago and started school and I was the new kid, I was teased for being "fat" and a "nerd." The only thing that mattered to me was being good, I always wanted to be a super hero and believed in standing up to wrong doing people. To be there and stand up to them and be a hero for other people. That was what my father and mother raised me to be, a good person. So I just ignored it and reached out to those who picked on me to be my friends. This did not go the way I wished but I continued on any ways. So I made it to high school and there only presented more problems and more people. I was bigger and more introverted than ever. I stayed out of the main light and just tried to get through school. Girls avoided me, the jocks made fun of me and kids in the halls just ignored me. I was made fun of called "fat," "weird," "nerd," and so many other names I just became numb to it. I thought about hurting myself and worse. I resorted to art to let some of the pain out and just wanted to be left alone. One thing never changed though, I wanted to be the good guy. So after leaving high school, I lost the weight and joined the Marine Corps. I was finally able to make my dream come true, I stood for something good, and was a protector of the people. I accomplished something few ever do and my life has been great since that. My girlfriend loves me for the nerdy geeky guy that I am and I am an honors student. For all those out there being bullied take this from me "Lead by example and always strive to be the better person. Never forget the right things in life are never easy, but in the end they are the things that change the world and you will be proud of for the rest of your life." From LCpl Sawyer Semper Fi and keep on fighting the good fight!
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