Story sixteen – Hayley, Alannah & Madeline Foundation
“I knew how she made those other kids feel. I knew that they were torn apart by her teasing and her ridicule. I stood by her and watched. The last thing that I wanted was to cross her and get on her bad side because I knew that she would say even more horrible things to me. I was terrified to not be her friend. I stood up to her one time and she made my life miserable for a while. I knew to never do that again so I spent the rest of primary school standing beside her. I was protecting myself from being bullied. I could have kept telling her to stop but I wasn’t brave enough.
Maybe if my school had run programs to reduce bullying I might have done things differently. Maybe I could have made the other kids feel a bit better. Maybe I would have felt more comfortable going to a teacher. I just thought that living in fear would have been less painful then living with being bullied.”
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