They Were Talking About MeBullyingThey Were Talking About Me<div class="ExternalClassBEF44D74A1F84BA39F666100E3DBFBBA"><p style="font-family:georgia;font-size:16px;">​<span>Hi. So lately something has been bothering me but I don't know what it is. I have been trying to figure it out and I am getting nowhere. I tried writing in my journal, I tried talking to my sister, I tried praying and I tried just ignoring it but nothing is working. I had a bad day today. I heard some girls taking about me and they knew I was listening and they began to whisper and continue to talk about me even though they knew I was there! I didn't see them I just heard their voices. Should I just ignore it and leave it alone or should I tell someone? And if I tell someone who should I tell because I don't know who was taking about me. I also don't want people to think I am tattletale. What should I do? Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.</span></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span></div><div class="ExternalClass6CBE6052C4B84A40A1CB070B1B989132"><div><div class="ExternalClassBEF44D74A1F84BA39F666100E3DBFBBA"><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>Thanks so much for emailing in.  No doubt that bothers you.  Your feelings were hurt, and it almost sounds like the intention was so that you DID hear part of it for some reason.  If there was a pattern of this and you knew who the girls were, then we would advise to report it.  Since you do not know for sure who was talking, likely there is nothing the school could or would do about it at this point.</span></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>You really tried some great healthy coping skills as you tried to process through this today.  Some days they may work better than other days, and today was just one of those days in which these girls really got to you. </span><br></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>For the rest of your day think about this --- their behavior says more about themselves than it does about you.  No, we do not know what was said, but people who spread gossip, share private information that should not be shared, make purposeful mean or hurtful comments about others, and even just laugh at or agree with comments as such could be labeled as cowards, bystanders, drama queens, or attention seekers themselves.</span><br></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>Do something nice for yourself today, and just be yourself tomorrow.  You did nothing wrong.  You cannot turn back the hands of time, but going forward take a look at who your true friends are.  If you are not sure one of those classmates is someone you can trust, don’t confide in them and even maybe stay clear of them.  If you need additional support, consider us part of your support team too.  Ok?</span><br></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;">Laura, Crisis Counselor</span><br></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span></div></div> </div>17

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