Kamalia Blunt recalls her years of being bullied and the day she decided she wasn’t going to be a victim anymore.
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I have been bullied since 3rd grade. The teases, shoves, the threats both written down and said to my face…I’ve been through it all. I used to be so timid and afraid in class that I didn’t even do my work. I just sat in my desk, stared at the clock and waited for the bell to ring to let me know it was time to go home. It was a never-ending cycle of fear, and my only outlet was to write down everything I wanted to say.
Usually, I ran home, wrote in my journal all of my mixed emotions and tore up the pages. But one time instead of tearing it up, I balled up the sheets, threw it in the sink and set it on fire. I had enough and everything changed.
As I watched the flames, I knew that with the paper I was burning up all of my emotions, pains and fears. I decided that I will no longer be affected in any shape, form, or fashion by bullies and instead, worry about myself.
I’ll no longer give a bully the satisfaction by being concerned with what they say and do. Playing the “I-don’t-care” card may not knock them off their game completely, but eventually, they’re going to get bored.
By showing no reaction to what they do and say, I’m not entertaining to them anymore and therefore am not the object of their pitiful amusement.