I never gave bullying a thought until it happened to me. I'd always had friends in school, I've always had people surrounding me. I thought that I'd sail through school having no problems. When I reached maybe the 7th or 8th grade, people started noticing that I was different. People saw that I had two moms. I live in a small country town where everyone knows everyone, and there aren't a lot of people who are "different." There were a lot of kids that were very strict Christians and they openly opposed gay ties. Because I had two moms I was constantly called names and bullied. They said me and my family were going to Hell... and friends I'd had for years turned on me. One day, my English teacher gave our class an assignment to write a paper on a law that we would like to see be put through congress. When gay marriage and bullying came up, one of the girls who bullied me decided to write a paper specifically mocking me and my family. Her essay was about why gay marriage should be banned and illegal. The whole time she looked at me and made remarks about my family, and closed the essay with "God made Adam and Eve. NOT Adam And Steve." She continued to bully me and pick on me with her friends. I started cutting myself all down my sides and on my wrists. My mom went to the school multiple times about all the kids bullying me... but just like every other teacher they didn't do anything about it. By the middle of the year I didn't have any friends, I was always sitting alone. Then one day I couldn't take all of the bullying anymore and I stood up for myself. I stood my ground and I let the bullies know that I wasn't afraid of them and their words anymore. Eventually they stopped bullying me. Like I said, no one ever gives bullying a second glance until they're bullied personally. Bullying hurts everyone and causes much more than physical or mental abuse. I'm done letting bullies just get away with hurting a person just because they're different.
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