Throughout the month of
October, we’re publishing your stories about bullying to spread awareness and
stomp it out. Here’s a totally true tale from a real girl just like you.
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
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.
But I still stick up for others. It gets me made fun of, but I don’t mind if it
means helping someone. Even if I can’t fix my own problems, I know I can fix
someone’s bad day. Just smiling at a kid who doesn’t talk much or picking up
someone’s books in the hallway can make a huge difference. I know by helping
them, it’ll help them remember that there is still good in this world. And it’s
helping me to realize that I don’t have it so bad. By helping someone out, I
hope that they’ll turn around and help me out. If I help someone, and then they
help someone else, we can stand together and help Stomp Out Bullying.
BY GL READER ON 10/30/2011 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN bullying 101, how to deal with a bully, express yourself, you wrote it, short stories