Age 16 from Alabama
It all started in 7th grade. I joined my school's golf team and my tormenter joined with me. I thought that would be my one thing where I could get away but I was sorely wrong. She would slam me into walls, slap me, punch me, call me all sorts of awful things, and she even threatened to beat me with golf clubs. As we were the only two girls on the team she turned my afternoons into a nightmare. After a while she even started chasing after my twin sister and abusing her. My self-confidence plummeted and I became anorexic and I still struggle with anorexia to this day. The years went by and the bullying continued. I quit the golf team to get away from her but that hasn't stopped anything. She follows me like a puppy if she finds me. I have no privacy with her around. Just recently I was slammed into a locker, pinned to the lockers, and clawed. She also punched me in the back of the head this morning. All of this because I stood up to her. She controls my sister as she will not stand up. She blames me for all of this and told me that I should quit letting this girl run my life. It's not easy to stand up and tell her to back off or stop, but I have. It always ends with more suffering on my end. The adults in the school system do nothing. They just shrug it off or tell the girl to stop. I was being brutally kicked and clawed at during my history class and nothing was done even though I raised my voice at the girl who would not stop. I'm sick of everything she calls me, says to me, and does to me. I've started ignoring her and standing up for myself. It's brutal but the attacks are becoming a little less consistent than they used to be. I know my sister and I are not her only victims. I want to end by saying if you witness something stand up and help the victim. I have wished for that so many times. If you are a victim and you see this stand up, use your voice, and get help. It won't be easy but it will be worth it. If you are a bully and you see this I really hope you look back, stop, and apologize. There is no excuse for treating people like this. I have seen and heard of many varying cases of bullying but the one thing they all have in common is making the victim feel helpless. We are not helpless but we could use a hand. Just stand up, speak out, and stop this. Honestly it's ridiculous that someone will make another human being feel so low.