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Jun 12

My Experiences with Bullying

Posted By iamincontrol | June 12, 2014

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By Samantha

During high school, I was emotionally and verbally bullied. As a result of this, I had low self-esteem and did not have a sense of self-worth. You may have been bullied, have witnessed someone being bullied or have been a bully yourself. The presence of bullying is likely an everyday occurrence at your school. It could be physical, verbal or emotional. The results of bullying are devastating. It can make a person feel inadequate, worthless, depressed, and angry. The list goes on and on.

I was also a bystander. I would not speak up when I saw another one of my peers being bullied, I would just sink into the corner and avoid the situation. Thankfully, when I was bullied, someone spoke up. My family was there to encourage me and lift up my spirits. They reassured me and reminded me of the solid foundation I stood on, that it did not matter what those other people said or claimed about me. Who were they to judge? I did my best not to allow them to keep me down. In the beginning, I never truly stood up for what I believed in, and I allowed the bullies to win in that way.

My dad told me that his mother would always tell him every day before school, “There is not one person at school that is better than you, and you are not any better than any other person.” My grandma wanted my dad to treat everyone with respect, courtesy and kindness. Every person should have an equal opportunity. Grandma wanted him to stand up for what was right. Revenge is not the answer. She said to be self-controlled, model what is right and be a leader.

You can make a positive change within your school. Have a voice and speak up for what deserves to be heard. Show someone that they have value and worth, and know this for yourself as well. If someone hates you, respond with good back to them. Do to others as you wish others would do to you.

To learn more about bullying and what you can do, visit these sites:

www.stopbullying.gov
www.makebeatsnotbeatdowns.org