Sometime after an embarrassing experience I had in the 2nd grade I started to become somewhat of a shy kid. That shyness followed me all the way to high school. Before high school though I have no memory of really being bullied but once I got into high school that all changed. Once I entered the 9th grade it began. Now you would think that once you get into high school and are a "Freshman" you will be teased and picked on by the upper grades; for me this was not at all the case. Kids in my grade were the ones who began picking on me. I would get wedgies before classes started and I would get picked on by a select few students but that was just the beginning of it all. Once I entered Sophomore year in high school it got much worse. A little thing I like to call "Gym" began my worst year of school ever. The locker room was a place I began to hate with a passion. I would get panced almost every day. I seem to recall one time a fellow classmate put his bare but in my face. And another time I was lifted in the air and I was unable to breath. After experiences like this you are permanently changed. You will not be able to forget it. Being bullied is something you cannot run from. Even after it ends you cannot run from the memories of it. I had to go to therapy for it in college and I did get better, but I will never forget what happened to me in high school. It is sad to think things like that are still going on in schools today and I know kids are getting way worse then I did. I hope it all can come to an end soon. One of the things that helped me overcome the bullying that I endured in high school was confronting those who gave me such a hard time. after doing that most of them apologized and I actually befriended them. The one who lifted me up and made it impossible to breath for a few seconds actually felt really bad for what he had done and gave me a sincere apology and I think after that I was able to push through my past and start living toward the future and putting the past where it belongs; in the past. I hope my experiences can help someone out there experiencing similar things to know that it will be over one day and they can just push through life and get by. I hope they can understand that someday they too may be able to get the apology they deserve.
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