I Remember...I remember being picked on a LOT all through, pretty much every year of my school, in school and out.
I remember being called all sorts of names. I remember I was offended by it when I was little, in grade school.
Then one day in Junior High when I was in the process of being picked on by a girl who had picked on me SINCE grade school.
Why am I getting upset about being called things that I am not?
Ever since, it was tough for me to be bullied, mainly because I didn't give them the reaction they were reaching out for.
Then...there was a day in summer school in high school.
This kid untied my shoe in the school bus. Then informed me of the obvious telling me that it was untied. He also made a big stink about how he didn't want to be near me.
I then told him, opening my mouth when I shouldn't...that it would've helped if he didn't untie it. I gave him attention.
He and his friends, after we got off the bus, (I took my bike the rest of the way home) proceeded to throw rocks at me as I rode off.
I told my mom what had happened. She then went to the principle of that school, smart guy that he was...pulled the kid out of the bus after that 'school day'...and in front of his friends, slapped his wrist for being mean to me.
Got off the bus, was going to walk home that day instead of taking my bike. I heard someone yelling. It was the kids friend, this friend attacked me. I assume for making a fool out of his friend.
I learned something that day.
If it's not insulting, don't be insulted.
If you're not what they claim, don't be hurt by it.
Most of all, they're pretty damn weak if they feel they've got to attack someone else. Be it with words or otherwise.
I realize hind sight is 20/20...but all this came to me, while the "bullying" went on.
Especially the day this girl called me a hippy, as an insult. I...couldn't be insulted because...I knew I wasn't.
It personally bothers me that kids are being coddled these days, when it comes to bullies. Instead of "banning against bullies"...why not help the kid with their own self esteem? Give them the knowledge to know that these "bullies" are actually a lot weaker than they are.
Tell them words from a complete stranger or someone they do not know, shouldn't hurt.
That's all I've got to share.