subject matter is not happy or positive, but very real. and needs changing.
i'm not sure if the city of saint george, utah is still running this ridiculous program... but when i was in sixth grade, st george had schools only for sixth graders. somehow, whoever "they" were decided this sixth grade center would help sixth graders transition better into middle school. but for me, the sixth grade center was hell.
not only was it a time for a lot of change, where my body was doing strange things due to puberty, but i somehow chose a group of friends who bullied me on a frequent basis.
i was told i was annoying and my friends hated me. comments like these were made everyday.
being as the school was so small, there was little room for making other friends or resorting to other groups of people.
i would call my mom many days out of the week to come get me from school because i felt "sick."
i think my mom caught on (ha, of course she did) and my parents and i decided i should change schools.
so i switched to a new sixth grade center. and let's be honest. the friends i made were not "good" friends. meaning they were not a good influence on me. but... they were FRIENDS.
such a paradox.
all and all we know i turned out ok, but
recently i was talking to a friend about a documentary (coming to theaters early next year) called the bully project.
bullying is a huge problem. yes, ok- we know that.
but raising awareness about it may help to lessen the problem. at least i hope so.
please check out the website and watch the documentary trailer.
i believe bullying starts small, in the home for example. bullying not only happens in schools (for me, in sixth grade, and now at twenty-five years old, i still remember), it happens at home (like i said), happens in the workplace, happens everywhere.
want to know the best part of my story? a year later when i was faced with the same people in middle school, the main culprit approached me laughingly and said, "we were so mean to you last year! haha. i'm so sorry! hehehe hahaha."
can you believe that?
let's stop bullying altogether, ok?
photo is of me when i was about 4 or 5.