Bullying is never okay. Bullying is one of the most base and ignorant things a person can do. To bring others down for your own enjoyment is nothing short of reprehensible.
Like many other people, bullying has been a major part of my life. I have no memory of a time in school when I wasn't badly bullied. Many times, the people I cared about did nothing and watched while people hurt me, made me feel worthless, and treated me like garbage. This is not to be accusatory, more to point out how difficult it can be to see someone hurting and know that if you step in, you could be next.
I nearly flunked out of high school. I don't know if I've ever really admitted that, but there it is. I nearly didn't graduate. I had a failing average for two semesters. I was so afraid to go to class that there were days when I would sit in the girls' bathroom all day long, just on the floor waiting for the end of the day. I missed 29 days of science in grade 10, out of 50-something. I wouldn't have to see my bullies that way. I would go to the library across the street, or I would wait until my parents left the house and then sneak back in, quiet as a mouse, only emerging later pretending to come in through the back door. I would make myself sick sometimes to avoid classes, and there were days I'd call in sick to my after school job at a grocery store because I was afraid of being followed there. Once, my mom and I were driving somewhere and a group of students from my school pulled up in a car next to us and started screaming insults and curse words at me. I didn't even know those kids, but I have never been more mortified in my life. Kids would chant my name in the hallways, pull my hair, steal my belongings, and once a boy held my hair and sprayed deodorant down my throat while a teacher was out of the room. I cut my hair off the next week.
Even though I am so glad to be part of a community of great bloggers now, I am so, so thankful that cell phones and the internet didn't exist in those days. When I went home from school, people couldn't follow me that way.
Now, as a member of this community, I dedicate today's purple manicure to ending bullying. I hope no kid ever has to feel the way I did again.
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