I want to thank you for the advice and hope you instilled in me. I no longer feel like I have to constantly watch my back at school, I am more confident in myself and my voice. And I also have a newfound respect for the school officials in my school. Yesterday, I finally found enough courage and faith to tackle the issue with the girls who pick on me at school head on - and I am so glad that I did.
The main girl who picks on me made fun of the clothes I wear for the last time yesterday. I went straight to the guidance counselor and poured my heart out to her. She is the nicest, sweetest woman ever. She was very patient and understanding, and didn't mind that I was crying all over her carpet. She wrote down all of the information concerning my dilema and took it straight to the principle and vice principle who quickly took charge of the situation. They were all so nice and...protective! I can't get over how safe they made me feel. They pulled the girl who has bullied me right out of class and addressed the situation with her straightforward. She was completely taken off guard. After the interrogation was over and she was threatened with suspension for harrassment, the girl even opted to apologize to me - which i agreed to listen to, though it was completely unsympathetic and phony. The principle told me that he would get her moved as far away from me as possible in class and that she would be held accountable for her actions, and he said that if she ever tried to do anything to me again I need to come straight to him or the counselor asap. He was true to his word: today at school the girl was moved from my classes. She never said one word to me.
My counselor told me that sometimes things have to get difficult before they can get better, and that is so true.
Once all was said and done, I felt like a whole new girl. I could not thank the counselor or principle enough. And I am so thankful to you for listening to my story unjudgmentally and offering me words of hope. My parents, friends, and boyfried have stood by my side through this difficult time, I no longer feel alone or powerless. All it takes is to stand up for yourself and what is right - I know that now.
Thank you so much! What you guys do does make a difference and has touched my heart. A million thanks again.