Public school for me was a nightmare. While other kids valiantly played sports or dreamed about their first kiss, and went to the prom. I was worried about what hall I could sneak through as to not be the target of a monster who would not let up. It happened in grade school, Junior High , summer school. Girls would pretend to me my friend and set me up for disaster. Specifically, in High School I met the ultimate Bully. The one who just wont stop. She would pass by and call me a "spic", yes I was the only Puerto Rican, in the school and I was born in the Bronx. It happened when I went to my locker, the hallway, the lunchroom , everywhere and I could not stop it. Until one day I had to tell my father after so many encounters. He taught me, a girl how to fight. Over the course of a month I would practice with him everyday until I was ready. That day finally came it was probably just like a kettle on the stove about to whistle. The Bully sensed it and kept pressuring me until I broke and went bezerk . Everything I learned , all my aggression , everything I had went into beating that girl until she could not take it anymore. I did have a black eye in all of it . But while she was in the hospital I was suspended for a week. I told my father and in those days fighting was the only answer. It scars you no one wanted to be my friend. I never went to any socials , dances. And even in the community pool I was surrounded by 10 girls in the bathroom. I was going to take them on but my little sister called my mother who came barging on the bathroom. School was not fun for me, it was agony. If I can do anything to stop this damaging nightmare for one soul or stop one child from taking their life I have made a difference. Please know there is nothing wrong with you . The Bully hates himself and takes it out on everyone he or she knows if you push that button you will have conquered what is deep inside . Anyone who bothers others to the point of harassment has a mental issue and hates them self. Save yourself and conquer all of them. Lisa G.
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