In honor of World Day of Bullying Prevention, I shared the story of an amazing young lady, who was bullied and has overcome it. I am sharing her experience again as I launch my new page, I Overcame Bullying. Here, I will share stories of triumph that show how what some call “just kids being kids”should be taken seriously.
Hi my name is Stephanie, I am 18 years old and currently working at Meijer. Yes, I have unfortunately been bullied before. It happened all through junior high and slowly ended in high school. This always happened at school, either in class or at lunch in the café. I still to this day do not know why I was the bully target. I was the sweetest girl ever. I was very shy. Just for some reason the kids decided to target me.
Overcoming this was very difficult for me. My family was always there for me, though. I would also seek help from counseling services. I would tell my teachers and principal all the time, and their reply to that was “oh they are just being kids.”
“people will not always be nice. They do not always care about you or the situation you are going through.”
“bullying is so painful, but you can be strong enough to not let it get you down.”
>>> Thank you Stephanie for sharing your story. So many people don’t realize how hurtful teasing can be, nor the lasting effects. I hope through your story and others, parents and children will learn that bullying is not a laughing matter.
If you would like to share your story, please click/tap here to fill out a VERY BRIEF survey. If you would like to add a head shot to be posted with your story, message us on our FB page. Thank you so much! Your story may save a life.
Noah Elkrief has provided some really great insight on how to address bullying internally. It is not always possible to change the other person, so he offers insight on his blog and this video how to deal with bullying from the inside out. Check out both resources below!