A recent interview I had with a 15-year-old girl who has been a victim of bullying. I sat down and asked her five questions. Her answers brought tears to my eyes.

1) What is your favorite memory of school?

None

(This reply stopped my interview for a moment as I was taken back by her response.)

2) What is your less favorite memory of school?

I was in grade 1 and these girls who weren’t my friends came up to me and asked me to play hiding seek. They told me I could hide first. I found a hiding spot which I stayed in for a long time until I realized they weren’t coming to find me. Only to find out later they never intended to find me. The joke was on me.

 

3) What feelings do you experience when you think of going to school each day?

None. I have numbed myself.

4) What about in the past?

Anxiety and Nausea

5) If you could help one kid. What piece of advice would you give on going to school from your experience?

I would tell them it will be tough but if you stay strong you can make it through. Someone will come along what will make you strong.

 

The second interviewer was a 17-year-old girl with a general overall good school experience.

1) What is your favorite memory of school?

My favorite memory of school would be going to construction class because I like to build things.

 

2) What is your less favorite memory of school?

My least favorite memory of going to school would be being forced to participate in gym. When I have no interest and I’m not good at it. I would mostly be picked last for every sports game we did and I would always get yelled at. It was especially hard because of my asthma but the teachers didn’t seem concerned.

 

3) What feelings do you experience when you think of going to school each day?

My feelings toward going to school now are good. I find high school really easy and I enjoy getting to choose my classes.

 

4) What about in the past?

In the past, I loved going to school. I had lots of friends and I loved seeing them every day. I enjoyed going to school it was fun and the teachers made the class fun as well.

 

5) If you could help one kid. What piece of advice would you give on going to school from your experience?

I would recommend ignoring all the drama anyone starts with you. It will eventually go away. If someone is bullying you I would recommend talking to a teacher or someone about it to make it stop even if you’re scared you’ll be made fun of for it. Keep your grades up and don’t slack off. Try to get the highest marks possible even if it requires extra work because it will help you out a lot in high school when choosing your classes. When you get to high school you have more freedom but don’t take that for granted. Continue to try hard and keep your marks up because you’ll appreciate the work you’ve put in to get your credits to graduate.

 

 

At the end of the interview, interviewee one related to me that the bullying and drama she faces hiders her grades overall. The stress from her peers causes her to lose focus on her studies.

 

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