SASK TEL: Speak Up Against Bullying.
This is not the first or last time people will hear me talk about bullying. The school I attended had almost 2000 kids in our year group alone. For those of you that don’t know, I grew up and went to school in England. As soon as I entered comprehensive school (high school) I was bullied. I wasn’t the same as every other girl. I looked different. I had different opinions. I was intelligent, but rebellious. I didn’t fit in.
Boys and girls followed me around the school throwing rocks at me, dumping juice over my head, flicking cigarettes at me, punching, kicking, pulling my hair, smacking me across the back with a ruler. These are just a few of the daily things I endured. I would hide in the bathrooms or my home room in the hopes to avoid my bullies. I would wait until all the school kids had caught the public transport bus and I’d catch the next one, 40 minutes later. I had very few friends, because no one wanted to be bullied for being my friend. I was isolated. There came a point in time when I stopped going to school. I hid this from my mum. She was aware of the bullying. It didn’t matter if I told the teachers, my mum, or the principal. Nothing was ever done about the bullying. They never stopped.
There were times when I wanted to give up on life. There were times when I tired. From the age of 12 to 20 I self harmed. This is still something I have trouble talking about today. I am not proud of it. But this is why we need to take a stand against bullying. It’s not ok to tell a child to suck it up, or it can’t go on forever. I never want to see another child be treated in this manner. What happened to empathy and treating people how you want to be treated? Still to this day, I am fighting to be happy in my skin. The experience of being bullied has taught me many things about myself: never back down, always stand up for what you believe in, and most importantly, who I do not want to be. It’s time to put an end to Bullying!