When i was young (6-11) I was a very confident kid, i had my group of best friends and I would always come up with good comebacks whenever someone teased me. Then i moved to the other side of the world (England) and I started getting a lot of bullying for being non-white, having curly hair, not wearing as much make up as the other girls did and many other insignificant things. I would walk out of school in the middle of the day because i couldn't take it. The bullying went on for about 3 years and then I made my group of friends. I was lucky enough to find some good friends but they also got bullied. As i grew up and reached puberty i started caring more about my image and all of a sudden people were nice to me and boys started finding me attractive. Of course i was happy that it had stopped but why does this have to happen for people to accept you? I was still the same person i was when they bullied me, yet they base everything on looks. I then got along with most people in my school year and whenever i saw someone getting bullied i'd get very angry at these people and tell them to leave the person alone, and then i'd ask them if they were OK and not to let people treat them that way, or tell a teacher which is what i did a few times, and trust me it does help significantly as they make them apologise to you and if they (or anyone else) do it again they could risk getting expelled from the school. I am now 18 and I must say that the bullying made me a much stronger person. I can't tolerate people being horrible to others when they've done nothing wrong but be themselves. My advice to you all going through this now is to tell someone. Don't be afraid to stand up for yourself, we are all strong deep inside, and if the bullying is just little jokes, don't show that it affects you because that's all they want; a reaction. Most bullies are mean to other people because they are insecure about themselves or do it to make themselves feel bigger. These people are no better than we are. At the end of the day these are the people who only care about their reputation or making friends, but school is about finding true friends that are always with you and it's also about getting an education.. trust me you will be more likely to have a better future than them if we work hard and ignore them :)
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