Tuesday, 19 February 2008
09:19:42 PM (GMT)
A paper wad flings across the room and hits you in the face. You feel the person
behind you slip a pencil your hood while tugging at your hair. You are experiencing
Someone tells you that you aren't good-looking enough to amount to anything. They see
your grade or work and, whether or not it's good, tell you it's horrible. They are
making you feel inferior and mentally harassing you.
What is this person gaining from messing with you like that? Some bullies get the
ideas of being superior when compared to you. They thrive on your many looks in the
mirror and winces when someone taps you on the shoulder for a question. It makes them
feel better about themselves.
Some bullies are intentionally hurting you. These specific bullies are more commonly
known as acquaintances and friends. They tease you, not thinking you might be having
an inferiority complex at the moment. They joke around with you, not knowing they
might be the reason you have a mask over the real you, the the smiley face they
colored on your jacket is not okay.
There are four possible solutions for your bullying problems. Threes will help with
the brawlers who scar you on purpose. The other should make your friend quit.
Most people start out with just ignoring the bully, hoping they'll get bored seeing
no reaction. It's not the best answer, but it's a start. This solution is the best
resort for quiet loners.
For more social butterflies, this conclusion is the one. Just keep buddies around
when you walk from class to class or some free time pops up during class. Friends can
give confidence boosts when they're not messing around. Better yet, they'll always be
behind you a hundred percent and catch you if you fall.
If these solutions are a no-go, then there's always the option of telling an adult.
This wouldn't count as tattling. It's for the greater good and is reasonable. The
adult should be able to put an end to it.
Now it's down to the friends. There's only one answer to this problem: talk
it out. If they're really your friend, they should understand you don't
appreciate going around school with a giant blue "L" on your forehead. If they really
wish for your happiness, they'll cease and desist.
If none of these methods work, remember one thing: You are you. You cannot be anyone
else. Don't let someone tell you that you aren't good enough or let them beat you up
because they "feel like it". Don't let anyone get you down because they have to make
themselves seem high and mighty.