I was treated badly at school for years because of my nationality. I was raised in Estonia, but my blood is half-Russian and half-Estonian. FYI, Estonians have huge problems with Russians, b/c of the Soviet Union stuff and how Russians mistreated them, although Germans mistreated them even worse during WWII. Long story. Anyway, Estonians make sure Russians or anyone who has anything to do with them (half-blooded included) "get what they deserve". I got spat on and called bad names, people whispered behind my back for a long time. I felt on the edge for years. However, I always stood up for myself and never tried to fit in. People knew that, but it made them hate me even more. My character was strong and defensive, but they never got close to the deeper side of me, which was friendly, loving, and caring. Their bad.
Years later though, all of them grew up, we were in the same school and same classes, people got to know me better and saw how much fun I was. Discrimination seemed to be outdated concerning me (don't know about anyone else). There were twin sisters I knew from the very first grade who made me feel so horrible at the very beginning that I refused to go to school. At end of the 9th grade, one of them calls me and asks for my friendship. Later we became best friends for a long while. Other people started to respect me and like me for who I was. Funny how life works.