I come from Littleton, CO and from preschool to my senior year in high school I went to school with the same kids. I was first bullied when I was in first grade. I had always been active as a kid but I was a little chubby. I was constantly bullied from 1st grade to 8th grade by the same boys. They would tell me I was fat, a pig, and that no boys would want me. They always did it away from teachers so that they wouldn't get caught. I would come home and cry and not every want to dance which was my only solace. My mom would tell me that I was believed them and I did. It wasn't until 8th grade that things started to get a little better. One of my teachers heard one of the boys teasing me and told me "Jackie, he's not the most important person in the room." I finally realized that if I just ignored them that it might stop it. It did for a bit but then started up again until I had finally had enough. I told him that there were several times I could have gotten him almost kicked out of school but I didn't because I thought that he would stop. And finally he did. Regardless of the fact that I don't get bullied any more, I still have trouble with body image issues. I am now in college and I now have an amazing, supportive boyfriend that always tells me how beautiful I am. This has be detrimental to things getting better. But I still have days where I think I'm fat and that no guys like me. But I've learned to focus on what I do like about myself and accept myself for who I am. Bullying is terrible and it affects kids more then their bullies know. No one should be pushed to kill themselves. We have to stand up now so that bullying doesn't get worse. To all those that we've lost to bullying, I believe that you are in heaven with God, finally seeing how much you mean to everyone. To those who are still bullied, I know it's hard but know that there are many people out there fighting the same fight and fighting for you. We all care about you and we will do everything we can to make this problem go away. We won't stop fighting for you.
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