Stand Together - A true story about bullying
By Mikayla S., 13
This year, I’m in eighth grade. Bullying is a common thing in my school. From harsh words, fights on Facebook, to actual physical bullying, I’ve been affected by it all. When I was in fourth grade, a girl was getting made fun of. I stood up for her, even though I didn’t know her, and they started picking on me. Calling me names, teasing me and calling me ugly. They used to laugh whenever they saw me and would walk away when I tried to talk to them. At first it wasn’t so bad, but then more people started to target me as a victim.
This year, it has gotten much worse. People have begun to actually physically hurt me. Right now, it’s only one girl, but I know it could escalate. I love music and writing, and sometimes I catch myself tapping out notes on my desk like it’s a piano or humming on the bus. They never say anything, but they give me looks of disgust then laugh with their friends, always making sure I’m watching.
Recently, I’ve come out as being bisexual, and it made
everything worse. They’ve been calling me every name in the book, some I’d
never even heard before. Even my friends began to make fun of me, and stopped
talking to me all together. I’ve spent countless hours crying and have
lost my hope. I’ve tried to talk to my mom, but she doesn’t believe in me being
bisexual and won’t talk about it. My counselor is always too busy to talk and
I’m afraid to talk to anyone else.
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