Monday, July 23, 2012

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 He grew up being bullied in school even in his small neighborhood and nobody in his family knew about it. In school, his classmates would just pick on him for no apparent reason or perhaps because he was a frail and effeminate little boy who played with girls most of the time. Those bullies have always had reasons to make fun of him or made him a laughing stock in class. Most of the time, he ended up crying alone.  

It went on for the whole six years in the elementary school. Somehow, he managed to get used to it. Every time he passed by this group of bullies, he already prepared himself to take their hurtful words, their roaring laughter as if he was a walking clown. Somehow, he learned to develop tolerance or perhaps he has gained immunity from their everyday dosage of harsh and derogatory remarks.  

He confessed that even as a young kid, he already questioned God why was he created as such?  Why does he had to go through all those humiliations everyday. Why did he get blamed for things Many times in his bed time, he cried silently. Alone...a kid no more than 12 trying so hard to find the answers he asked himself...to God. But couldn't. 

His unforgettable first-grade memory was when his Grade 1 teacher reprimanded him in front of the class for sitting beside a girl to the amusement of all his classmates - around  50 boys and girls. He spent all afternoon in his desk in tears - embarrassed. He isn't sure if everything started there. Maybe, that's how he was tagged "queer" or "gay" or "fag" rather than being called by his name.  

He didn't fight back. He didn't have the courage to do so. However, he channeled all his frustrations by doing good in school. He admitted that while it was true that those bullies took a great deal of his confidence, he kept just enough to earn recognition. While those bullies busied themselves to put him into a laughing situation, he exerted much more effort with his academics that earned him a spot in the Top 5 best academic performer of the class each year. 

After years of the struggle, the boy has achieved all that he wished for proving that no amount of bullying can stop him from achieving his goals. He has earned his place and gained great deal of respect in his chosen profession. 

On Bullying

Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior that is intentional, hurtful, (physical and psychological) and/or threatening and persistent (repeated). It is estimated that 160,000 children miss school everyday due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students.

Do Something.Org says that 56% of students have personally felt some sort of bullying at school. Between 4th and 8th grade in particular, 90% of students are victims of bullying and that 9 out of 10 LGBT youth reported being verbally harassed at school in the past years because of their sexual orientation.

This story may have ended happily but in many cases bullying ended up badly, even tragically hence, it should be stopped. 

9 comments:

  1. My son is being bullied at school because he is so thin but I told him that he is special and someday these bullies will eventually know that. Apparently, he is excelling at school. Though sometimes he still gets bullied, he is no longer affected. He still feels awesomely special!

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  2. This kind of thing should be stop before it can harm someone very badly. Many have committed suicide because of this.

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  3. it should be.. however.. it would take sometime for the parent to know that kids are being bullied, because often the kid is afraid to tell the parents... in any case it should be stopped:)

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  4. true, bullying should be stopped for it does cause emotional harm to the bullied but like maam Vernz said, it would take some time. i wonder if the parents of the bullying kids ever know their kids do such...u know there are parents who tolerate kids to do bad things

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  5. bullying is really a big problem anywhere now a days. Here in US, kids die because of it. my 1st grader experienced it and made him so emotional and depressed. we coudnt have known if we didnt asked him thoroughly. it was very sad, and I was so mad about it. good thing i found out about it and informed the teacher to put an end to it. I sure dont want this to happen to my boy again. or else! gyera dyud. hehehe

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  6. Bullies are the weakest kind of person as they need to put people down so they can feel alright. Bullies should be identified and counseled immediately.

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  7. That's what scares me the most, i feared that my son will go through something like this. Bullying is very common especially at school and even in workplace. Some people who are bullied take it into depression but others take it as a constructive criticism. It's just sad that many people died from these bullies. This has to STOP!

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  8. just a thought that it exists makes me more worried about my nephew but a parents I think we should give extra attention to our to be able to know if they are being bullied.

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  9. Oh the bullies! The kid in the story is quite tough..Unfortunately not all bullied kids are as tough;/brave as he is.. these bullies are insecure actually, hiding their insecurities through unbecoming behavior..

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