Story twelve – Lilly
“When I was eight my family moved from the country to the city, meaning I had to change schools and start at the new one in term three.
I was a little chubby and two of the girls in my class thought it was really funny to begin a daily ritual of circling me and chanting “Lilly is fat, very very fat, don’t give her any food, ‘cos she’s so very fat”. This went on and on – every single day the same girls would join in.
It was cruel. I hated going to school, hated the city and wouldn’t talk to anyone about it. And the last thing I wanted to do was eat in front of anyone, so I ate lunch in the toilet.
My teacher finally caught wind of what was happening and in hindsight, handled it really well by making us join in activities that included everyone. Through these games and activities as part of Better Buddies, the others got to know that there was actually a person with feelings underneath the weight.”
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