In Elementary school I had plenty of friends yet that didn't protect me completely from being bullied. I was often teased for my unruly hair and my chickenpox scar on my face. I remember coming home from school one day and my mom found kids had put tape and glued paper pieces in my hair. Still today although I hardly notice my chickenpox scar and I have gotten manage of my hair I still carry the scars from those days with me.
By writing some words below, you are showing your support and letting everyone know they're not alone.
Rosemary Pritzker commented 2013-04-04 12:52:54 -0400Hi Maxima, thanks so much for reaching out and sharing your story. I’m so sorry for all you’ve been through. I myself was very badly bullied as a kid, which still affects me today, both in good ways and in challenging ways. It’s made me really strong, wise and loving. It’s why I work for The BULLY Project, which has been really rewarding and fulfilling.
Luckily though, it does get better. Now, as an adult, I have an amazing community of friends who love me and remind me how awesome I am whenever I forget or can’t see it. I didn’t get an idea from what you wrote as to what age you are now, but there are plenty of things you can do to take action in your community.
Here are some ideas of things you can do:
1.) Check out our tools and resources here: http://www.thebullyproject.com/tools_and_resources to find ways of taking action 2.) host a screening of BULLY in your home and invite people you feel close with, then have a meaningful discussion afterward, using the tools and resources for fuel. Do this here: http://www.thebullyproject.com/calendar
3.) see if a local school (your school?) would be interested in using our Educators DVD and Toolkit to transform their culture from one of hurt and exclusion to one of empathy and action. you can bring it to the principal or to one sympathetic teacher. they can order the kit for $29.99 here: http://www.thebullyproject.com/preorder
Above all, be sure you’re regularly reaching out to others who can support you and remind you of how strong and awesome you are! Thanks for becoming a part of this movement by sharing your story.
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