As a freshman in high school I was awkward, scared, and just all around different. I have been overweight all my life and have had my fair share of stares, names, and harsh treatment. I have tried to be the nice person, and just let it go. I too found it difficult while in school and one bully in particular made it his mission to make my first period class a living hell. I hated going into class when I knew he was there. He would always pretend to flirt with me and try to grab me and made me feel uncomfortable. Every morning I would dread having to go to school. I wished I could disappear, just vanish so no one could see me or hurt me.
I was never one to tell anyone what anguish I was going through, I kept it hidden, and just tried my best to get through it. One fateful morning, he was harassing me again, grabbed me and didn't want to let go. I asked him to stop and let me go, he still hung on, a fellow classmate saw I was in distress and called the guy out. Right then and there he let me go, and for the rest of the semester he pretty much stopped bothering me.
A little while later this guy was dating one of my friends, and he approached me and apologized for being such a jerk. He said he realized how nice of a person I was and I didn't deserve that kind of treatment. I accepted his apology and we were able to get along for the remainder of my high school career.
I am thankful for the one person who stood up for me when I was too scared to do it myself. I am also thankful for the guy coming to the realization that I wasn't such an oddball after all.
All I can say to those who have been there, this is just one situation, I have thousands. Please know it can get better!! Don't give up, and speak up!! If you need help, ask!!
I don't believe violence is ever an answer, in fact I dislike it. There are other ways. Intelligence, kindness, and being strong will help! I promise, I have been there.
Much love to you all!!