Bullying happens in all walks of life.
It can happen to you no matter what you look like or where you’re from.
Some people don’t deserve it and then others bring it on themselves.
The most common places that it happens I would say are in school, among friends and in the work place.
It’s a difficult thing to go through and some people handle it better than others. I think it’s a lot easier to handle today than it used to be just a couple of years ago. Now there are big campaigns about in schools all over the country. Sometimes it still goes unnoticed and some people don’t tell anyone about it though.
When I was in school I was bullied. I have an older brother and he is gay. It really bothered me that I was getting stick for my brother’s choices. For three years I had to put up with the same boy asking me "does your brother touch you at night?" every morning when I got into school. I put up with it because I just didn’t see the point in taking offense from a question.
Then one day it got worse. This boy started asking me things about my brother’s personal life. He asked me if my brothers boyfriends touched me and did my brother watch? I went to my form teacher that was in the class when he had said this to me. I told her what was going on and she said there was nothing she could do without actually hearing him say it.
A couple of weeks later i went into school in a bad mood. This boy started asking me questions and I hit him. I kept on hitting him until someone pulled me off him. I received two weeks suspension for what I did and the boy didn’t get punished for it at all. After my holiday off school the boy never mentioned my brother ever again and neither did anyone else.
I shouldn’t have hit him I know that was wrong. But sometimes it takes standing up for yourself and taking control of what happens before it can stop. We should always tell someone if you are being bullied. No matter how scared of them you are.
I think that adults need to realise that bullying is a lot more common than they think. Even the popular kids get bullied. Just because some people like them others don’t and it can cause others to dislike them.
If you are being bullied by anyone then tell someone you trust. Don’t let that person that’s being cruel towards you win. Keep your head up cause you are a much better and stronger person than they are.
Remember this. You are being bullied for something you’ve got that’s better than anything. Your being bullied because you’re different and being different is way better than being normal.
Please note that the opinions and actions discussed within this article are individual to the contributor and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editorial group, the Bwsted Project or BCBC Youth Service.