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 email@example.com
All names can be changed to protect the author's identity --
This is the story of Lucy --
In fifth grade I moved to a new school and found my place among the “popular girls.” It didn’t last long though. Soon they started to bully me. I remember one specific incident:
I was invited to the sleepover/birthday party they were having at my friend Megan’s. She lived near me so I biked over. When I arrived, all the lights were off. Megan and I had hung out many times before so I knew the layout of the house pretty well. I knocked on the doors and peeked in. No one appeared to be home. Disappointed, I went back to my bike and began to leave. I was about half way out of the yard, when I heard laughter. I looked back and the house was alive with lights and people. My so-called friends were all there and had apparently watched me the whole time. I turned around, relieved, and tried covering with “ha, ha, guys, very funny” but then they made it clear I wasn’t welcome. I went home crying.
At school they started to bully me. They bonded over ostracizing me from the group. It was pretty awful. I contemplated many things that could end the pain...
A few years later they had lost interest in me and had ganged up on another one of their members, Megan. The very same girl who had thrown the party that I had been given a fake invitation to, was now the butt of their jokes and bullying. Megan and I became friends again. She asked why I was so nice to her when she’d been so mean. I told her I just couldn’t find it in me to be mean, even when people “deserved” it.
We’ve since grown apart and on with our lives, but the lesson I learned will forever stay with me. One, never let what anyone does change your character, stay strong, and stay kind. Two, you’re never really alone and you’re not the only one these sort of things are happening to. Three, and this is the most important one, it WILL get better if you just stick it out.