Growing up I had about a hour long bus ride. Being Native American, I went to school on the reservation. I had long hair growing up. On multiple occasions I had gum thrown in my hair. Sometimes I knew who did it. Sometimes I didn't. I took to carrying a knife with me. I am very glad that I never resorted to violence and I regret even thinking about it. I took martial arts for many years afterwards so that I never felt helpless again. There I learned ways to defuse situations without violence. But it does get better, as an adult I have a better life now.
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