Hello, first all I just want to say a big Thank you to Tad and for his inspirational speech the two times he went to our school. It made me think about my own encounter with bullying and being the one witnessing it.
Back in Junior High I saw that sometimes not everyone was as nice as I thought they were. A new girl came and at first it was fine and me and her quickly became friends but then an incident happened and everyone turned against her I couldn’t believe it and for some reason at that time I still beat myself up at why I didn’t help her since I was her friend. They bullying continued to the point that she switched schools and I became sad and angry at my classmates. Was it wrong to pick on someone that isn’t the same? But I guess at that time I felt intimidated and if I did stand up and say something they would pick on me. Of course that was a naive thing and I guess I didn’t completely understand at that time. When she was gone, I guess karma went to me and I got picked on from time to time. I didn’t have Facebook at the time but a friend of mine told me that they were talking about me on Facebook, and I don’t think in a good way. I felt at times felt lonely and didn’t know where I belonged despite at least having friends. I was very shy but I was friendly at least but I guess it didn’t help when people would look down at me whenever I tried my best. It was hard I wasn’t going to lie and I realized that going into High school I the friends I thought I had especially my closest friends were just gone in a second. Until I met some amazing friends who introduced me to a new music genre and I started getting more confident and my true self shined. I look back and wish there were times I could make it right but right now the present I want to prevent from youth getting bullied and not wanting to feel so alone. It took me a while to learn that I can just shut out the people that try and pick on me and stand up for myself and others.
Thank you for everyone that’s supported me and still stood by me as friends and I hope to make the world better by eliminating bullying permanently and have people stand up for others when someone else is getting bullied.