Story eight – Ben
“I remember primary school very clearly. I was a really shy kid, particularly in the first few years, and often kept to myself as I was pretty scared of the other kids.
I slowly made a couple of friends and for my ninth birthday, my mum decided to have a party and invite all the boys in my class. Two of those kids – who used to tease me all the time – were the bully ringleaders and thought it would be really funny if everyone said they were coming to my party, but then for nobody to turn up.
The morning of my birthday, each boy, with the exception of my two friends, told their parents they didn’t feel well enough to go to my party. One by one, the parents rang my mum, unaware that everyone else was doing the same. I was devastated.
I’m one of the lucky ones who got through it, but there are so many who don’t. That’s why having anti-bullying programs like Better Buddies in schools is so important.”
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