I was bullied a lot as a kid growing up. I think a lot of people experience this at one point in their life. I had lots kids make fun of me because of my learning disability(severe dyslexia). BUT that’s not the bullying I want to talk about. I want to share a story that happened to me in 6th grade...there were these girls that were always so mean to me and talked poorly of me. I remember at recess we were in the game room and the bell rang before class, they asked me if I wanted to play 52 pick up(might I add I was homeschooled for a few years so there were a lot of meanings I didn’t know from not being around lots of other kids everyday). I said yes I would like to play the game. They through a deck of cards at my face and ran off laughing leaving me there to clean them up before class. It may seem a silly thing but I know they gossiped about me and did not like me. These same girls did something even worse that year to me that stands out in my mind. I still remember these 4 girls names... These group of girls were in the same class as I, one day they decided to send a paper around to all the kids in the class asking “Do you like Alissa? Check YES or NO.” I was so embarrassed because there were anonymous people that had checked no. It HURT so bad. I didn’t understand why these girls hated me so much because I can’t remember ever doing anything to intentionally be mean to them. I came home that day so upset and crying. My momma was my rock.

Why do I tell you this story? Because bullying happens all the time! Even as adults it still happens. I saw it just yesterday on fb. I see it all the time. I want to express the importance of educating your children on not doing this...and the importance of setting an example to them and others. To stand up for what’s right too. It is so easy to sit behind a screen and make jabs at someone. “If you can’t say somthin’ nice, don’t say nothin’ at all” -Thumper

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