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BULLYING: The Story Of "J"

by Zero

This is BULLYING AWARENESS MONTH on The Y94 Morning Playhouse. We are asking members of The Playhouse Family that have dealt with bullying to share their story to let others know that it does get better.

Young or old, bullying is never ok. Share your story by emailing Zero at zero.wday@mwcradio.com

All names will be changed to protect the author's identity --

Here is the story of 1st initial "J"

I grew up in a small town. It was a place where u needed the right last name or your parents to be business owners. I only had a couple of friends in grade school. The summer before 4th grade people started calling me DOG. Each year it got worse. Teachers addressed it in they found ways around them in it got even worse. The summer after 8th grade those names got worse. Rude, cuss word names. I didn't understand why this was happening to me. I had done nothing to them.

That same summer I got the greatest advice: "no one will love you until you learn to love yourself". Its like those kids sensed my low self esteem.

That freshman year, I changed. I pretended until I believed. I told myself how beautiful of a person I was and how they were jealous if that. The more I repeated this, the more I truly believed. Suddenly one day I started defending myself with humor. The more I did this the easier it for and the more it bounced off of me.

I look back and I see how those kids were unhappy. They had everything laid out for them, and yet it wasn't enough. My parents struggled to provide for me and my siblings and we were far from perfect but i appreciated all I had and those kids wanted to bring me down to their level.

Bullying has gotten out of hand. And my daughter deals with it but is an advocate to stop.

You must tell someone every time. Silence is NOT the answer. Ever.