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We Were Bullied: Never going back


I moved a lot as a child and a teenager, which made it hard to make friends and get to know people. I liked learning, and I studied hard. I also made a lot of my own clothes, because I found the things I bought at the store boring. It’s interesting how things people are congratulatory to you for…

We Were Bullied: I was born autistic


I was born Autistic and ADHD in the 1970s. I was not given any diagnosis beyond “hyperactivity” and the vision issues that required frequent surgeries and daily, humiliating application of an eyepatch, which everyone blamed for my social “disinterest.” They didn’t know, and in many cases didn’t…

We Were Bullied: Confused


I’m not sure why I became a target of bullying. It didn’t start until junior high for me, but that didn’t make it any less painful. I was always the girl who was really good at having fun. I didn’t care about what people thought about me, until they made their thoughts extremely public.


We Were Bullied: It had very little to do with me


I was always a target of various bullies throughout my life but the story I’m about to tell will always stick in my mind.

When I was in Grade 9, I made friends with a classmate because she seemed cool. She was athletic, had stylish clothes, liked to party and was a generally loud and outgoing…

We Were Bullied: I was bullied


It is important I tell this story as many times as possible, because I know what Amanda was feeling.

You feel lost and alone, angry and terrified. You want to talk about terrorism? Terrorists? Then look back to the days where every morning you wake up in tears, shaking and fighting the urge to…

We Were Bullied: They probably don't remember me, but I remember them


I was bullied from Grade 4 almost daily until Grade 9 when I moved schools (for a reason other then bullying). There wasn’t anything safe. I was bullied for being overweight (I was chubby but I wasn’t huge), supposedly having greasy hair, my clothes etc. I got glasses in elementary school but…

We Were Bullies: Thirty minutes of fun I could have done without


I’ll call you Brian, since I never did in high school. Back then we called you “Legs.”

You were the tallest kid in Grade 8 and I’d never seen so much height in such a skinny package. Your pants stopped way short of your ankles, even though I’m sure they were the longest your parents could…

We Were Bullied: I just want to know why?


I was an immigrant child who didn’t know any English in an all-English-speaking school in Ontario. They laughed when I didn’t understand what the teacher said. And so began the next nine years of hell for me.

I was beaten up, mocked, called names, shunned. I remember in Grade 3 a crowd of kids…

We Were Bullied: High school hell


Most everyone I meet wants to go back to their high school years. Not me. I don’t even want to go to my high school reunion, and so far haven’t attended any.

High school was probably the most horrendous time in my life. I was bullied from Grade 8 right through Grade 12. Why? Because I wasn’t in…

Going to school became a misery for me, and this was just in primary school. By the time I reached high school, I was a nervous wreck. I cried on my first day because the thought of actually having to go to a school filled with strangers filled me with dread.
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We Were Bullied: The fat kid


I was the small, average-looking fat kid that moved in from Vancouver to Burnaby.

I had a sister that protected me, but when she went to high school it was just me to face the bullies.

I fought back once, and that subdued them into remission for the remainder of Grade 7.

Then I went to St…

We Were Bullied: Ran out of school


People can be cruel. I’d like to think that it’s just human nature, but now I know it’s being taught. Real human beings don’t do what I’m about to tell you…

I have many stories I could tell. First of all, I’m a 26-year-old gay man. I knew I was gay at a very young age, and hated who I was because…

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