The first year of middle school is a big transition for most kids. Every student goes from being handed strict instructions and being led around by teachers in straight lines to the chaos of middle school with small freedoms and harder classes. This transition becomes even harder for those who also have to deal with any type of bullying or harassment. In sixth grade I was bullied by almost every member of my cla...
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...cipating in every day. It can do terrible things to the human spirit and torment the victim long after everyone is done speaking.
As a direct result of my classmates seeing what happened to me but not intervening I promised myself that I will never be a bystander that pretends not to see a problem. Seven years later and I still find myself thinking about when I was twelve. My experience with bullying doesn’t make me sad or upset any more, it frustrates me more than anything. It frustrates me that in my class of close to thirty people nobody defended me or helped me. This experience has motivated me to be the one to speak up in situations like mine. I want to be the one to do what nobody had the courage to do for me. I want to be the person to save someone from the pain that I felt whether it is bullying similar to my case, Rankine’s story or any other type of abuse.
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