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My High School Bully

I’ve written about my high school bully before, and the responses I got were very touching and supportive.  So many of us were greatly affected by being bullied, for better or worse, which makes it imperative we continue to highlight the issue.  I’m happy to note that a new collection, entitled “Letters to My Bully,” to which I was honored to have been asked to write the preface, will be released this month.  I’ve also taken this opportunity to finally put my words on film, and created this video (below) about my own experience.

But I want to hear from you: What was your experience like growing up?  Were you bullied?  How did you survive?  What advice do you have for others?

How can we teach others that even words can leave scars?  That old “sticks and stones” poem had it all wrong…  Words can harm.

4 Responses

  1. Patricia Baldridge

    I am 50 years old and still remember getting bullied and beaten in school. I finally snapped one day and almost beat my bully to unconsciousness. I regret it sometimes then I saw my children go through the same aggravation and told them to fight back. Some waited as I did and just had all they could. I am so glad for your story. I don’t think violence solves anything but sometimes that is all people understand. It just gets worse the longer you let it go. The school thinks it’s just part of your growing up. Well it shouldn’t be part of anyone’s life.

    August 16, 2012 at 8:58 am

    • Thanks so much for the note! If you are Zak’s mom, huge props to you! You’ve raised an amazing son!

      August 16, 2012 at 2:55 pm

  2. Bob

    Hi, Kergan
    I’m the guy who is visiting WeHo in late September and is hoping to meet you in person. I didn’t even know that you had a YouTube channel. Now I do, and I just subscribed. Of course I had read your story about Dirk before, but it was even more powerful hearing you tell it. How incredibly sad for him and all others like him. Also for those on whom he and the rest inflicted such pain. Thank you for retelling the story.

    Bob

    August 16, 2012 at 3:53 am

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