I'm 22 now and everything seems so long ago. But I still remember a lot of it. It was all in middle school. Elementary school was fine and high school was fine. There is something about middle school that makes kids easy targets. I had very big, buck teeth all three years of middle school. That was the biggest thing I was bullied for. Just because I happened not to have the prettiest of smiles. Really, I just wanted to be liked so I would just go along with some if the jokes and name calling. But it wasn't until late in 7th grade that the jokes were getting more cruel and the bullying had escalated to physical bullying. I had only 1 friend at the time who wasn't involved with the best crowd. So I started to turn to them and started going down the wrong path. It wasn't until the bullying got so bad and I started cutting that I finally decided to do something. My parents and I met with the school administrators and the school deputy. Amazingly, they called me a liar and said I was just trying to get attention or said what was going on was because I brought it on myself. All through middle school, it never stopped. Once I got to high school, I joined 2 extracurricular programs and I ended up becoming very involved and I made a lot of friends. I had gotten braces and my smile was normal. All too often, you hear about really bad bullying in middle school. As if those ages 11-14 aren't hard enough on kids. Going through puberty, trying to figure out who they are, who they should be friends with, what kind of guys/girls do they like, etc... School administrators and teachers and even the school deputies need to take bully victims seriously and actually do something about this. Until that starts happening, bullying will keep happening.
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