I would like to share a story of young girl who was a victim of bullying for the most part of her young life. She was experiencing a wonderful life in her father’s country until she came back to her mother’s hometown. The first two years were fine although she had to adjust to a different culture. It started when she was always getting excellent scores and winning all the contests, be they academic or extra-curricular. She also represented her school in various competitions like math and spelling contests. With all her triumphs and successes, came the jealousies. Her classmates started accusing her of so many things. They called her names. She never understood why they bullied her. She knew in her heart that if they wanted to achieve what she was getting, they should study hard like her. But they distract her instead. Their school counselor advised her to ignore them. And she explained to her that she was the target of these jealous eyes because these girls envied her beauty and brains personality. Also, she was the quiet type that’s why she was an easy prey. She was deeply affected, yet she remained genuine and she tried to muster up all the courage she could get. But she was young, and no matter how hard she tried, she couldn’t be strong. She relied on people who loved her for strength. But the bullying greatly affected her emotionally, socially and psychologically. She started losing a lot of hair, and bruises started coming out all over her body. She was hurting. She then underwent series of tests, and the doctors found out that it was all due to stress. She was eight years old then. The most unforgettable moment for her was when her mother asked her “When will I see you smile again?” She was heartbroken and was totally down. With the support and the love of her family, relatives and friends, she was able to face her detractors. With God on her side, she bravely confronted those jealous eyes with evil minds.
She is 16 years old now. A 2nd year BS Economics student at the University of the Philippines Diliman. The girl from the story is me.
Bullying is a topic that is very close to my heart, for I was a victim of it. I am lucky and blessed to have overcome the trauma. However, my heart still breaks for the hundreds of thousands of people around the world who still experience the intimidation and harassment from these envious monsters. Hopefully with the law that was recently passed and signed by Pres. Noynoy Aquino, these green-eyed, spiteful comments and actions will finally come to an end.