It was 3rd grade and we had moved to a new state. I was the new kid again and struggling to fit in. I had already had a rough new-kid entry as the week before two girls on the playground had told me that the skirt I was wearing was ugly and stupid. I remember throwing away the skirt and never wearing it again, I was so upset by their words.
But the incident that really hurt came days later. It was recess and I had gone inside to the classroom to use the bathroom. As I was coming out, a boy and a girl were messing around and thought they’d play a joke on me. The boy covered my mouth while the girl pinched my nose. I couldn’t breathe.
They only did it for a second and honestly I don’t remember all of the details surrounding what prompted this – to be honest I’m not sure it was even a rational discussion, I mean, 8-year-olds don’t always make rational decisions.
I remember being scared. I struggled and as I said, it only lasted a second but what I really remember is their laughter as I ran away.
I told either the teacher or my parents but the end result was that the two kids both got in trouble. But the lasting memory is their laughter and how much that hurt. Why me? I was a normal looking kid. Why did they choose to do this to me?
Bullying hurts and is still an epic problem in our schools today. Gossip and bullying can hurt people not only physically but emotionally. Bullying is linked to mental health issues, substance abuse and suicide.
I’m working with the makers of EpiduoŽ (adapalene/benzoyl peroxide) Gel 0.1%/25.%. They have partnered with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center to create the Banish Bullying campaign, promoted in Seventeen magazine.
While this campaign is going on, tweens & teens will be able to share their thoughts on the website. Through awareness, teens can learn that one small act of kindness can have a huge impact on bullying amongst peers.
There are so many small factors that can change the outcome of a bullying situation: telling an adult, speaking up against a bully in front of others or by ignoring the bully all together. (I always tell this to my oldest son! If you ignore the mean comments and mean people, they get the least amount of satisfaction out of a lack of response!)
Users can visit www.seventeen.com/banishbullying and they can submit a tip on how they would personally handle a bullying situation. With every tip submitted, they enter a chance to win $5,000 for their school provided by the makers of EpiduoŽ Gel.
I love the idea of this program. I really hope you guys will check it out and help to raise awareness. If were all more aware as parents, we can stand together and make a difference for our kids.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by the makers of EpiduoŽ Gel. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.