Tim - STOMP Out Bullying


My story has a very positive ending that can be hopeful for current bullying victims, so stay tuned (or skip to the end). When I was growing up in New York, I was bullied from about 4th grade through 8th in public school, I transferred to a Catholic HS and that was so much better, no bullying problem in HS. But during my middle school years, it was horrible, and this was before social media, AOL Instant Messenger was just starting to get popular, so I'm very thankful that my experience was before cyberbullying started happening. They bullied me because I was overweight, not very athletic or good at sports, I was good at math and science, it was more than 10 years ago so I don't even remember completely. I do remember the girl I had a crush on in 6th and 7th grade turning me down and, while she was never actively a bully, she sat back and didn't do or say anything while others bullied me even over that. I never wanted to harm myself, that thought never crossed my mind. There were times that I wanted to harm others, and I was scared. I terrified myself one time when I felt I truly understood the motives behind the Columbine High School shooting. The school administration didn't take it seriously because it was mostly verbal bullying, they figured it can't be bullying if nobody is getting physically injured. One guidance counselor took the problem seriously, and so did my parents, but nobody in higher authority at the school bothered to listen. The public schools in my area are set up that you're basically with the same group of kids from kindergarten through 12th grade. So after 8th grade I transferred out to Catholic high school, and that was one of the best things I ever did. Here's the hopeful part: Within 2 months of graduating college, I got probably the best job offer I could imagine, so I moved out of my mom and dad's place, moved 1/4 the way around the planet, and now live in Hawaii and working in direct support of the brave men and women in the armed forces. Want to know whatever happened to those who used to bully me? They still live with their parents, hanging out still with only each other, not being productive at all in society. Some have served time in jail on either drug charges or DWI. And here I am, of everyone my age I knew growing up, I'm one of the most successful. Oh, I almost forgot, I also have an amazing girlfriend, and I couldn't be happier with how my life is today.
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