So, i was bullied through the latter part of primary school and into the first year of high school (so grades 4 to 6 and year 7.) The problem is that the bullying i experienced bears no resemblance to what these terribly inspiring videos talk about… and this scares me, because i find it hard to believe that in a world of 7 billion people, i am the only person who was not bullied with words. The person who bullied me assaulted me on more than one occasion. This is something dangerous, something that you cannot dismiss by telling yourself how this person has their own issues etc. There are four incidents i remember – well three i remember and one my mother has since reminded me of:
- i was once kicked in the head. i was laying on the library steps so i could spend lunchtime in there (to get away from said person, actually!)
- i was once bailed up on a walkway by said person and two of their friends – they kicked me in the groin. this hurts for females, too, fyi.
- the two incidents in high school were similar. being shoved passed and told “hello, bitch” (this was a threat…) and later blantantly shoved into the lockers.
on reflection, i suppose both schools should have involved the police, and while neither did, my primary school did try and get both sets of parents involved and tried to keep me safe as best they could. the high school, though? did nothing. i left at the end of that year.
once again, i’m not sure what my point is besides “these thoughts were in my head and now they’re on the internet” and the fact that the more extreme forms of bullying are still being ignored? does anyone have any thoughts or ideas on how to address this kind of violence? or maybe ways i can work through it myself?