By: Moria Thompson
I guess I should begin by introducing myself. My name is Moira Thompson. I am a high school senior and I will be in the lovely state of Colorado next year for college. I am planning to major in English and get my secondary education teaching license. I take my faith pretty seriously. Ummm…what else? I enjoy reading, hanging with my friends, and I am a full-blown theater kid. So yeah, that’s me.
I had a dream last night. It was in school and a guy decided to pick on this disabled kid. And another guy came up and said something. They got up in each other’s faces and it looked like this confrontation could become combative. I came in and broke it up even though a fight hadn’t really happened. I put my hands on both of their chests and pleaded with my eyes to not let this happen. I saw a dean and he shouted, “hey!” I then continued walking with my head down. I knew I could be accused of getting in the fight and get suspended. I was sure the dean would take it from there. The dream ended there.
The dream I had made me realize there is a right way and a wrong way to step in and say something. You don’t have to create even more conflict to stop bullying. I am certainly not saying to not say something, saying something is imperative. Even a look or facial expression can do so much, without creating more trouble. I had a problem with someone not saying anything in junior high and it just plain sucks. You think you’re doing something wrong. You begin to think you’re different. Sometimes you may even think that you aren’t good enough, that no one likes you. I had so much difficulty with feeling this way. I would go home crying every single day. Do not let those people get to you! That is what they are trying to do. I think that once you’ve had one or two experiences like this, you become more aware of when others are doing it. It’s also about having good friend and good people to talk to.
Having negative people in your life when you are being bullied only makes it worse. I don’t know when it happened but I just started to ignore it. Of course, it still hurts a little. What I had to learn is that sometimes you just have to walk away. Those positive friends in your life will stick up for you. If they don’t, they just aren’t worth it. For all those being bullied, you are all awesome. Keep that head up and just continue being who you are. Remember, behind every bully, there are insecurities behind their tough exteriors.
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