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Personal Bullying Stories, Part 2

 

Screen shot 2014-02-03 at 5.40.47 PMThanks to all who have shared their personal bullying stories with us. We’re grateful for your contributions and hope that your sharing makes a difference in the lives of others. 

Joanne, Age 43

“Pink Shirt Day is a day that I will always promote, and I am so glad that over the last few years bullying has been brought to light so that we can do something about it. I am 43 years old but have next to nothing for happy memories from school. My memories consist of being taunted and teased, called every name in the book because I was overweight…I wasn’t like everyone else. I had no groups to hang out with, no boyfriends that I could be proud of to hold hands with, It was just me. I would walk the halls at school to get to my next class, or go to the bathroom only to be called names again or hear ” did you feel that earthquake?” as I walked by the bullies hearing their laughter behind me. My bullying went on all through elementary school, to junior high and even to senior high. Even my own neighbourhood wasn’t safe from the name-calling. At school it was mainly the same 2 guys, but when those guys were in their groups it got worse.

So what do I remember from my school years? Crying…a lot. Lunch hours, recess, were spent mostly hiding in empty classrooms or corners of the library where no one could find me to hurt me. Years later, one of those guys found me and messaged me through Facebook and apologized. He said he knew what they did all those years was wrong and that he was sorry. Just knowing that he acknowledged what they did to me all those years, surprised me. I was grateful for the apology but even though I can forgive him for what they did, those memories, those scars will remain with me the rest of my life. Bullying has to stop, I don’t want to see kids growing up into adults with the same memories of school that I do. Just because someone is different, doesn’t mean they don’t have feelings, like they don’t feel hurt like everybody else…let’s end bullying once and for all.”

Anonymous

“When I was a kid my only friends were boys, I wasn’t the typical little girl who liked to play doll or things like that. Many laughed at me because of it, saying I wasn’t a “real girl” that I had to be a boy, that my parents were wrong about my identity. But I had friends who liked me so I didn’t pay attention what they were saying about me. All that changed when I was 10. I don’t really know what happened, but even boys didn’t want to be near me. I spent the whole year alone. They weren’t really laughing at me, they were just avoiding me, staying away from me. It wasn’t a good year for me, I also have had to face personal problems, I did it on my own.

We all changed school the next year and I found some new friends but somehow people found something else about me. They were always asking me questions like “Why don’t you have a dad?”, “Did he left because you did something?”, “What did you do to him?”,” He didn’t love you enough to stay”, “You didn’t love him so he left”, “You made him leave and now you’re sad because you don’t have a dad like us”. It wasn’t just painful. At that time I thought it was true. I didn’t deal with it or run to a teacher, I did like always, just kept things inside and ignore everyone.

Thankfully it all stopped when I entered in high school, I suppose people were mature enough to understand me a bit or to realize they were wrong. I still had a few people laughing at me but I also had great friends who defended me, they were good to me.

I regret one thing though, maybe if I had talked about it earlier I wouldn’t have had to face bullies for so long. Maybe if I hadn’t been so ashamed, maybe if I had talked someone would have done something and the bullies would have stopped and I would have been the last one, I know I wasn’t the only one but I guess they were too afraid to talk. Don’t be afraid to talk about it, we can’t fix everything by ourselves.”

To submit your own personal bullying story, click here. 

 

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Join us for a Hootsuite Hootup on Cyberbullying!

pink-day-stickerCyberbullying and Youth: What are we really talking about?

With unprecedented access to technology, young people today are carrying the internet in their pockets and communicating with their peers more than ever before. But what happens when their behaviour turns negative and schoolyard bullying moves online? Educators report that cyberbullying is as big an issue as smoking and drugs among youth today. Anonymity and peer pressure can fuel negative online behaviour with severe and often tragic consequences. But where does this behaviour start? What are the various forms and consequences of cyberbullying? Most importantly, what are we supposed to do about it?

Join YWCA Metro Vancouver and Hootsuite for an interactive panel discussion with a group of experts, who will answer these questions. In honour of Pink Shirt Day, we will explore themes surrounding cyberbullying and discuss solutions for parents, teachers, youth workers and peers to help mitigate the harmful impacts cyberbullying has on youth today.

When & Where

Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)

HootSuite Media, Inc. (@Hootsuite @Hootup)

5 East 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5T 1R6

Moderator

Janet Austin, CEO YWCA Metro Vancouver (@YWCAVAN)

Panelists

Sioned Dyer, Mentorship Coordinator, Youth Facilitator. YWCA Metro Vancouver

Jesse Miller, Founder, Mediated Reality

Sgt. Mathias Van Laer, E Division RCMP Integrated Child Exploitation

Agenda

5:30 – 6:00: Registration

6:00 – 6:30: Mingling / networking / refreshments

6:30 – 7:30: Panel Discussion and Q&A

7:30 : Wrap up

To register now, CLICK HERE.

We hope to see you there for this important conversation! #pinkshirtday

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Resources for Elementary and Middle Schools from the BCTF

Resources for Elementary and Middle Schools from the BCTFOur friends at the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) have created two excellent anti-bullying / diversity guides for students in elementary and secondary schools.

No matter what subject you are taking or class you are in these guides provide solid ideas and actions for teaching about homophobia and transphobia.

Download the PDF versions of the guides: Elementary School Guide / Secondary School Guide.

Let us know how you are using these guides at your school!

 

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London Drugs Now Selling Our 2014 Pink Shirts

London Drugs Now Selling Our Pink ShirtsStarting today, January 31st, and running until in store supplies last, all 77 London Drugs locations in Western Canada will be selling our Pink Shirt Day shirts!

These are the same shirts we sell online but you can save the shipping / postage fees so you can proudly wear on Pink Shirt Day – Wednesday, February 26th.

London Drugs has been a great partner over the years and they continue to support Pink Shirt Day…and we cannot be happier to have them aboard!

The shirts come in a variety of youth and adult sizes, sell for $9.80 and all proceeds go to support anti-bullying programs.

NOTE: Online orders placed after February 21st will NOT arrive before Pink Shirt Day on February 26th – so order early!

For a complete list of London Drugs locations CLICK HERE.

2014 Shirts Now Available at London Drugs

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