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This is my entry for the AOTW#13 Anti-Bullying movement contest organized by :iconarthassoul: fav.me/d78q320

When I stumbled upon this contest's subject, it gave me so much inspiration that I immediately had all the panels being painted in my head - something exceptional since usually, inspiration runs away from me. I guess it happened because I have some personal experience with bullying, so the subject kind of tugged at my heartstrings. Anyways, I thank Brandon (who is the founder of the group) from the bottom of my heart for organizing these contests about such sensitive subjects. I think it's a really great and generous initiative which, I hope, will be echoed widely in the dA community.

This is my first flash comic ever and even though it was difficult to put it together I think I've fainted.,  I didn't die during the process. Something to celebrate!
Panels drawn in Paint Tool SAI, blur and texts added in Photoshop, SWF file put together in Adobe Flash CS3.


I made a journal to thank Lunatic-Nemesis and everyone who faved, commented, watched or sent gifts to me :huggle: : fav.me/d7cls7e



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EDIT : Lot of people said I made that deviation only to hit close to home and thus, to gain popularity. It's NOT true : please remember that I made it for a small contest. I NEVER expected this would be suggested as a DD, I did NOT wanted it to be widespread. It's crappy, poorly done, I made it in a rush and wouldn't even call this "art".

Then, for people saying the comic is overdramatic an unbelievable because I went too far in the situations, for example, with the "knife under the throat" : that scene DID happen to me at school, and I had to go to justice for that. So please, don't say such a thing could never happen.

And now, for people saying the girl is to pretty to be bullied : since when only unattractive people get harassed ? And you know, beauty is a subjective thing : some people will find you good-looking, and some others will think you're ugly as hell and thus, might be bullying you. The girl in the comic is not supposed to look pretty at all, just average. The problem comes from the semi-realism style.


EDIT 2 : I know it kinda looks like Yuumei's work. It's because I had to stick to her Flash Comic template, due to the lack of time since it was a contest with a deadline, and also because Adobe Flash was a real pain to use. I wanted to do it otherwise but couldn't. Then, Yuumei and I appear to have semi-realistic anime styles, so they look similar; the reason could be that both of us were highly influenced by Takeshi Obata's style. But let me clear that once and for all : I am NOT trying to mimic her. I am NOT taking my inspiration from her neither.


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Some words about the submission's message itself:


First, the main character may be a girl, but I tried to keep the text gender-neutral enough (except for the parts dealing with appearance) to apply to boys as well, so they can relate too.


Then, I know that not all bullied children become what I call "broken adults". Thanks God, many of them manage to find inner strength as well as support from their families or friends, and eventually succeed in getting out of this crap without lasting scars.
But I did this as a tribute, not only to all victims in general (from school scapegoats to those who are being harassed at home or at work), but also and above all for victims who, even once they've grown, simply can't heal their pains and remain consumed by their fears, affected by traumas (what I called "cracks"), and end up with mental illnesses which might last for years. Hence the title, "Broken Adults". Because some of them simply never heal.

So please, don't tell me things like "Yeah u suffered a lot but u can move on by thinking about how life's beautiful and how ur loved by ur family and friends (^.^)". Yes, I know that support from people who appreciate you is a precious help in the healing process when you've been bullied for years. But what about people who don't have a family anymore (because their relatives rejected them or passed away) and can't managed to get any friends even with the greatest effort and lots of kindness? Don't tell me it is impossible to be utterly alone : it IS possible, and I personally know a few examples. And for former victims who are alone and thus, lack love and support even in their adult life, moving on is often nearly impossible and they may drown in self-hatred, depression and suicidal tendencies.

Indeed... How can you enjoy living, when you loathe yourself and are still haunted by your past - when that past is nothing more than a collection of depressing, even traumatizing memories? How can you enjoy living when, having been torn apart, you can't even be comforted by your family or friends since everyone is shunning you? How can you enjoy living with solitude for only company?

I think people don't take enough into consideration the harm bullying can do in the long run. Many persons seem to think that once you become adult, you just have to move on and be happy all of a sudden. But the consequences of a tormented past do not clear with a mere snap of the fingers. You cannot DECIDE to forget everything and start over, it's not that easy : it's a constant struggle that some victims may never win.


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Beautifully illustrated and poignantly presented, Broken Adults by LittlePurplePlums conveys a powerful message about the effects of bullying.  ( Suggested by Lunatic-Nemesis and Featured by Moonbeam13 )
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Honeypenguin Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful...and painful because it reminds me of my past...I hope..some day more people will stand up against bullying. Much love from Germany~
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Filiasyth-V Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Student General Artist
Very powerful work that illustrates a deeply moving, disturbing concept.  I don't think the art is poorly done either.  It's also amazing art in itself because it makes people stop and think about your message.  I'm so, so sorry you had to go through all that pain, and I completely agree, bullying is IN NO WAY justifiable by saying it was just "for fun".  I used to be teased and excluded at school sometimes, though not nearly as badly.  So while I can't claim that I understand or have felt your suffering, I am deeply sympathetic and I pray that you have healed.

God bless,
Filia
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cloudmilk Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Puissant. Poignant. Et si tristement commun.
Les enfants peuvent être terriblement cruels. Et malheureusement les conséquences en sont parfois indélébiles.

Your "words like silent raindrops fell,
And echoed in the wells of silence".
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Sp00kSku11 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This should be shown in schools. Like, seriously.
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PinkVendetta Featured By Owner Edited Jan 10, 2015  New member
Wow that was not only Beautiful, but moving, full of sadness and that should be watched by every school going gril and boy in every school everywhere in the world.

Thank you, beautiful work
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sugaryday Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  New member Hobbyist Artist
I could so relate to this!
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BeathDavis Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  New member Student Traditional Artist
THIS ITS AMAZING
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Sailor-Aqua Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  New member
Woah...Just...Woah! Clap Heart 
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ktcorchado Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  New member
wow this is amazing. im speechless
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Yuthalb Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014
May I know how you make this interactiv work? I'd like to make one too.
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REIdepenguin Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Student General Artist
beautiful
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wasfight17 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
I FEEL HER PAIN AND IT ONLY MAKES ME HATE PEOPLE MORE! i wish my teen years wasn't like this but it was and all i could ever wish for my bullys and some times now were their death. keep your head up girl dont worry they will get theres.
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nierohi Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
such a strong message! I feel what the girl felt.
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joachim-hagen Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014
Very well made.  I fave it so that other people may take note of it.
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MariaLadyLuna Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  New member
Hi! I'm in an antibullying association from Spain (Asociacion PostBullying) and some people of us know what is to be bullied... Because of that situation, we decided to be together for the fight against bullying, without money but with love and convictions. We'd like to use your images for a video to show that bullying hurts. We would say that the pictures are yours, of course. Could we do it? Your story is really good.
Thank you and regards from Spain!

I've created this account because of this message :P
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hawkedell Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
Thank you so vary much I Know I could not have said or dun better, and I can not thank you enough for encapsulating exactly how that feels. Clap I think I've fainted. Nod...........Point and laugh STFU you idiot! Grr. I surrender!          For the Broken truly understand the Broken!
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Christstarrgirl Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was how I was growing up... Except I was born without a father. My parents never divorced. They never married. My real dad ditched me and my mom and I didn't know until I was 13.
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Undomiel321 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. Its like you stepped right into my life, and said the words I could never say. Its been so many years since those hard times, more than 15 years, but it still affects me. Still. This is not only beautiful, but also purposeful and meaningful. Thank you for creating this. 
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sams2014 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014

A Part of this happened to me when i was child, it is really so sensitive and make child fells too sad and lonely, usually hard person of stone heart like to hurt the feeling of the sensitive persons, a kind self problems, now I have no close friends, reasons is because cannot trust on anyone , furthermore when I think a person is a close friend I discover that is not true , no one same of my thinking and emotionally, no one deserves to be my close friend, they all are selfish and no one can pay live for the benefit  of other as scarification , even less than that, Oh~~ I have no close friend till the moments because all are materialistic peoples.

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ejkaull Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist
Powerful.  :-)
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sthinley Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
that was beautiful, thank you for helping spread the word, many people suffer bullying, its horrible
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NotPurrrfect Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
SO. FREAKIN'. DEEP.

I can't understand how some people think that bullying can be a ''joke''. It's true that, these days, some people REALLY exaggerate some things, but mostly, many people are bullied every single day, with no one to talk about it. The innocent joke's intensity varies from person to person, you can't say that bullying is not a serious problem just because you don't practice or suffer it. 
Your artwork is amazing, and I find really admirable that you're using it to spread awareness. Keep up with the good work! ~chu~
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Yuthalb Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014
Because they don't think. They don't think of the other. Their own friends are usually say them "Hi, you son of bit*h". It have no power for them, because it's their friend. They do not give pound to the Word, when someone they don't know give.
They also do not think that they are not the only one.
"I said it juste once!"
But when you are not the only one to hit the door, one day, it will be broke. And you do not even know why.
"I act like the others!" That is not even an excuse. More people follow this kind of feeling, the more the children get broke.
"I dunno even see that made so much pain!"
Some people are juste blind. They made some things, then forget it. It's like a game where you hit the cat tail: it hurt for the moment, but some times after, you forget it. And the silent cat do not.

Human is afraid of the difference, basically. They group beteween them on burry the others, the "not like others".
They are afraid of what they don't know, and prefer to reject it than undertand it.
But there are some people. They shine like the moon at night, they are the real friends. They accept you for you, and not what you looked.

I'm a Broken Child. I was lost, and had no real friends before 14 yo. All the friend I thought have where some scrounger. I hear them saying that they just want to have one more gift, with me as friend.
On middle-shool, there was a gril, with the same name as me. I was envious. She was pretty, and have a great group of friends. She was a reference for every class: gentle and kind, beautifull and always "in".
On day, we go for a scool trip. We were housing by inhabitants, and so, the class splitt in groups, two people for one group.
She asked to be with me. And everyone said that she was so gentle to accept to be far from friends, to have pitty for me.
For the moment, I just feel like an abandonned dog that found someone. Not someone that would love me and feed me, but someone who juste deserve to not kisck my ass.
But... When we were alone together... She says that she admire me.
She admire me for beeing myself. For not changing, event all I take. To be so bravery, in front of them.
She blame herself to not have this courage. She admit to HATE his friends. But also to be too much a coward to support to be alone.
She hate the "in" stuff, that change every week. She hates make up, hates those stupid discussion with the others, she hates to see them burry me for beeing proud of myself. For beeing me.
From this time, I unconsciously understood something.
There are some leader, and many follower. And the followers are afraid. Affraid to be alone, to be burried on their turn, affraid of the other sight.
And leaders need some wekness people to burry, to show their power. To stay leaders.

Forgot leader. Open your hand to followers, they are not different from you, inside. They are afraid, and wear a mask to protect.
Search the orther Broken people. Together, you can product a great light. Event more white than this grey-light, made by those stupid leader.
You have the power to grow up, to understand the fear. Quickly you go other your fear and lonelyness, quickly you found the real people.

If you are a Broken children, know that adult and professor could understand you because they generally do not stop to the look like.
It's their job to see your abilities and weakness. It's their job to help you.


Sorry for the long post, Purr. I do not say all this for you, in fact. I just had to said it, somewhere.
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KingNot Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
Very powerful images and excellent art.

Personally though I think the anti-bullying modern movement is just New World Order frogwash out to turn everyone into weakling victims still bullied.
Also likely sponsored by the ADL that's anti-Free speech, except their own, calling any speech they don't like "Hate speech" and this is a good shoe-horn in.  One man's opinion.
Frankly, it was the so-called 'authority' figures that helped the bullies who hurt me as a child.

As a kid when I got bullied I just fought back 10 times harder.  Didn't care about knives even.  And I ripped webbing from the thumb and finger and out fought even semi-retarded 18 year old in jr high oversized bullies.
Problem was, they went crying to the teacher saying I was the aggressor.  Someone who is out to do injury to another will certainly lie to manipulate authority.  And worse than a biased or sympathetic to bullies teacher is the "Fair and balanced" one that takes both sides of the story, the liar and his victim he's slandered who can't really defend against exxagerated lies with a seed of truth.
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ZimSand Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:'( This is literally my whole childhood, it's not that I'm an adult yet I've kinda get used to being hurt at some point I think I deserve it, Never really had any friends they come and go mostly by stabbing me in the back, I am broken, I am hurt...
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SUNSHINEHD Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
Awesome . How can i download it?
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Undevicesimus Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014   Artist
I was never bullied in school or witnessed any serious bullying, but this has really touched me... The destructiveness of human nature is as potent in a schoolyard as it is in a warzone.
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ArtistRarity Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hibiya Amamiya (Cries) [V2]  
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lacialuvsyou2000 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Cry Simba  this was elementary school for me mostly. those 3 specific boy. Mathew. Daniel. and Kendrick. all used to mess with me no matter how much I gave to them. all my things I gave. Daniel is the worst...he touched my sisters when we was all in middle school going to high. im in highschool now with him. I HATE SEEING HIS FACE. LL TEACH HIM ONE DAY! FOR MY SISTERS! ILL KILL HIM! Hades is ticked off  *** HIM! ALL OF EM!
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libra127 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Revenge isn't usually the best way to solve past bullies. Even if it is to avenge loved ones, by speaking up you could bring this boy to justice. Don't act rashly or you will be the one to suffer consequences.
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lacialuvsyou2000 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
BUT...HIS KIND DONT ACTUALLY NEED ANY MERCY
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libra127 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I didn't say he was to be given mercyKill La Kill Icon: Satsuki 3... I said bring him to justice.Eren Yeager (Serious Look) [V4]   
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lacialuvsyou2000 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Shintarou Kisaragi (Grin) [V5] oh...ohhhhh....I see...thanks.Sayaka Grinning Icon im the best at starting shit.
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libra127 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Good luck then... try not to get into to much trouble Soul Eater 
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lacialuvsyou2000 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
I WONT! Yui Funami (Good Job) [V3] THANK YOU!!!! Sasami Squad A and B (Cheer) [V9] 
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libra127 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Indeed you are...  Ririchiyo Smirking Icon 
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lacialuvsyou2000 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
im glad I know his girlfriend...I wanna see him crawl. Panda Emoji-25 (Fufufufu) [V2] 
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libra127 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Oh dear me that is not how to plan things onion head "shame" 
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EylanponyArtist Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hibiya Amamiya (Cries) [V2]  I'm sad now
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Zasura022 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I swear... If that was here in my home town... The knife bit that boy would've never been seen again... Or because I live in the stabbing capital of Australia there would be a body either way... Dam I hate but I love my home town... Erm sorry... Random drabble... This is the best thing ever, so much feels... Remembering the childhoods I saved... Remember all those people I stood up for... Remembering that all the s**t that people give you can either make you broken or stronger... You can learn or you can run, either way you've gotta survive your childhood and become an adult, when you become an adult you meet better people who will take care of you, but you just have to become a more sociable person to meet the 'Ones'
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Madi0728 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
DUDE! That was the best comic ever! You should show this to a school.
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ValkyrieRoberts Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This legit made me cry because I have to deal with this often.. 
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PonyAdoptsShared Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Im a teenager and i go through this alot..  i got pulled out of schools after being so stressed depressed ad thoughts of suicide. ids nowadays are really cruel and they dont think ..
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IniStrife Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
@ the Edits: People gonna be judgmental bitches. Probably mostly those who followed the lead of exactly those assholes that do bully. And to be honest I couldn't care less if they have it hard too, when they can't try to reach out themselves for friends but go the way to take more down with them instead of searching for a way to get better, too. I just can't forgive people who willingly do harm others. It is the 'easy' option that doesn't solve a thing but just makes it worse.

It is the same with people who have talent or make something good, as soon that is seen to be near something else work it just 'has' to be stolen or such bullshit. Art-thieves might be a problem on DA but this here is clearly different and was made for something on purpose. So yeah, dismiss them. Ignore them. I know it is hard, but they don't really know what they are talking about.

The message was clear, at least for me, to be found inside the piece. So even if you say you don't see it as good work, I do. It was pretty spot on.

@ your words about the message:
True that.

And even if you have a supporting family it can be hard. The 'cracks' aren't just effecting how you see yourself but mainly how you can withstand things as well. <Cracks is actually a good term, it is still there even if you tried to fix it and has a huge roll in how resistible your 'outside' is>
Even being with people you like can be tiring and very hard for a 'damaged' person. The smallest joke, a really just meant to be a joke, can be harmful and cause you to step backwards and away.
And even if you can keep the feeling to care for others, you might lose some other feeling on the way.

This is at least close to home for me. I could however make those who bullied me believe I was a bigger threat if they would ever dare to touch me, without ever having to lay a hand on someone. Although that attitude I got after some incidences....I don't know why I never told of most of those things at home, I didn't had to fear a thing there, but I didn't. Mostly I believe I just wanted to be away from it and forget. But forgetting was never an option. Just passing it back until the time came to face it again.

What I lost on the way....the ability to love another being surpass the feeling of just care for them. The only upside of this is I also am unable to hate someone. I can disapprove, dislike or even be mad at someone....but hate is something out of my reach. But also falling in love.

I did however manage to get some cracks kind of fixed... I am not afraid of humans anymore, can leave the house without feeling in danger all the time and I can walk to someone and talk with them, even if I don't know them. Also to stop harm myself whenever I get stressed out. Although I do have sometimes breakdowns when the pressure gets to much, but I am very good in handling these situations now, when you nearly everyday of your life experience a breakdown the upside is you might be able to figure out how to handle such a thing.

Big downside....I would like to fall in love sometime...you can't force such a thing to happen.
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Tiffli Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
I went thrue this ... i know this pain... but somehow ... i dont hate myself, maybe cuz i got so much love in me and lots of patience... lots of ? What is really needed to survive such things - i don't know, but im some example. This comic touched me deeply. I wont understand ppl who are crossing the line, thou i also did bad things ... Maybe its cuz we want to be seen? Accepted? Notice?
I watch things different now - and i didnt change much ... but i also got some aggresion in me, cuz i got violence in my house cuz of one person.
But it will end soon - i will pray for that.
Thank you for that comic.
I wish you lots of love and luck :).
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ElizaWyatt Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Professional Writer
Oh man. If I had a penny for every time someone told me 'it's funny, you're too sensitive'... *headshake*

Thank you so much for making this. I've been bullied every day at school from first grade up until the end of high school, and... it can be tough to explain to people who haven't had it happen to them.
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RainbowBunnehs Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this
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AnupamaKenway Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. And you're right when you day no one understands. For me the olyhing wort ling for is my baby sister... she's three. And I appreciate your apphtroach, you understand don't you?Missing You Happy cry (Tears of joy) Really Sad 
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Siestalan Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
It's simply stunning.
Seriously, I don't wanna jump on the train of comments down there, but this is pretty much the story of my life. It's gotten better recently tho (;
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Tivil Featured By Owner Edited Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So true... I was bullied when I was a kid too, but never by classmates or the ones who knew me. It was always those who just didn't like my hair color, name or clothes. None of the ones who bullied me knew me in any way, which is kind of scary when looking back. What I experienced was harmless, when thinking about what others go through though.
In 7th grade, when I started a new school (3rd school already), a boy from the class next to me was constantly after me with two of his friends when I left the classroom. Even outside of school, when walking home or just being in town, he couldn't leave me alone. This all stopped with violence, after having an indoor hockey match, his class against mine. The teacher always left us alone, and we had no rules, so I saw my opportunity and smacked him with the hockey stick, every darn time I had the chance. The boys from my class knew how he was towards me, so it's not like they stopped me, and yeah... He never said anything to me again other than "hi...".
Though it worked, violence is wrong, and maybe I was lucky he didn't dare beat me back. Yet, I'm still happy I got my peace and quiet for the next 2½ years of school with him...
Though I had some tough teenage years after being bullied as a kid, I do not consider myself a broken adult, other than having autism black on white, but that's no ones fault. I do my very best to teach my boy to be open minded, not bully others, and talk to either a teacher or me if someone's after him, before turning to violence. Not all bullies are from broken homes or have trouble, believe me. I've met the parents of my sons first bully from kindergarten, and they just raised their kid "wrong". Meeting the father, I understood right away why the boy acted like he did towards others, and it makes me sad...
Anyway, enough of an old lady's ramblings. I really like what you did here, and I will fav you of course! Not only because I was once a victim, but because this is something everyone should think about now and then.

Today, I am PROUD of my hair color, PROUD of my name, and PROUD to be different, and if anyone has anything against it, they are more than welcome to meet me in a hockey match!
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