Bullying takes many shapes and forms but no matter the situation, it’s never okay and can even leave long-lasting effects on the person being bullied.
Approximately 30 per cent of young people admit to bullying, according to StopBullying.gov and 70 per cent said they have seen bullying in their schools.
In the hopes of bringing awareness to the issue, young women (although boys can be bullied and bully as well) have shared with Seventeen, their bullying horror stories, with some of the scenarios ranging from being called fat to being teased for a speech impediment.
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Terrible: People shared their bullying horror stories, with some ranging from being called fat to being teased for a speech impediment (stock image)
Her whole life, Ashley has had a speech impediment where her R’s sound funny, but it wasn’t until middle school when she started getting bullied about it.
Ashley’s best friend’s name was Sarah and all the ‘mean’ girls would make fun of the way she said her name and to this day, when her friends poke fun at her about it, it still hurts.
Amy got made fun of for being fat in elementary school, middle and high school and her nickname in third through fifth grade was ‘sumo wrestler’.
‘People would always go out of their way to tell me how fat I was and how unattractive that made me, especially in comparison to other girls,’ she said.
People would always go out of their way to tell me how fat I was
One time a boy drew a sumo wrestler on the board and wrote her name above it.
Today, Amy is a pretty small person but she still feels fat and is working toward unlearning harmful beauty standards and body dysmorphia.
But she admitted that although her small size, she still gets ‘triggered’ when she’s at the beach or when a fat girl is teased in a film.
Similar to a scene from Mean Girls, Mandy was in the bathroom her freshman year of high school when a girl, who hated and bullied Mandy walked in a complimented her Nike sneakers.
But moments later, Mandy could overhear her Mandy tell someone how ugly her sneakers were.
‘She then walked out and I kid you not, it was like Regina George in Mean Girls scene where she compliments the skirt and then when the girl walks away, she says, “That’s the ugliest effing skirt I’ve ever seen.'”
Caroline said she has always been flat-chested and is still traumatized from an incident that happened in seventh grade.
‘These two guys came up to me and asked if they could call me stingray “because you’re really flat”. I’m pretty sure the name continued for the rest of that school year.’
During her freshman year in high school, Elle moved to a new town and started a new school where she made a point to introduce herself in every class so people would know her name.
Everyone called me a slut for unknowingly talking to someone else’s boyfriend
But that quickly backfired after two girl spread rumors that she was a slut and had hooked up with all these boys after the first week because she talked to one of their boyfriends.
‘Mind you, I had never met any of the guys I had apparently hooked up with. So I had to pretty much start from negative scratch to build a reputation I actually liked for myself while everyone else was calling me a slut for unknowingly talking to someone else’s boyfriend,’ she said.
And Alexandria revealed how she stood up to her bully after having reaching her boiling point when her guy friends invited her to hang out (in a group setting) and his girlfriend repeatedly harassed her.
‘I walked into my first driver’s ed class and a popular (and let’s be honest, hot) boy in the grade above me was in my class. I was assigned to sit at his table. For weeks we as a table collectively chatted and finally made plans to hang out after drivers ed, as a group,’ she said.
‘The day we all decided to hang out after class we went to his house. She wasn’t invited but he of course clued her in. But for some reason, she only heard my name in the group hangout and was convinced that I was hanging out with him one-on-one.’
From that day on, she ‘trolled’ Alexandria and would say ‘ew’ to her face whenever she passed her in the halls, even if she or Alexandria was with friends.
‘Finally one day I screamed “ew” back in her face while she was with her friends in the halls. She yelled back, “Are you serious” and I said, “Yes, I am.” She and her group looked at me and kept walking.
‘She never said it again.’
People also took to Reddit to share their bullying horror stories with one person who wrote that girls teased her for her looks.
‘If I looked like her I’d kill myself,’ girls said about her. The Reddit user wrote she was around 12 when she heard that and the girls said it outside the toilet stall she was in knowing she was on the other side of the door.
And bullying is still an issue for young men because Reddit user VitruvianMonkey wrote that he got called ‘gay’ for having a high-pitched voice in middle school.
‘I got called “gay” a lot in middle school due to my high-pitched voice and inflection when that was still used as an acceptable insult by everyone,’ he said.
‘I actually found out what gay meant because I had to ask someone what all these kids meant when they were calling me that. At the same time, the girls didn’t like me because for some reason in elementary school I kept getting crushes and trying to get them to be my girlfriends.’
And Reddit user shared that for an entire year when she was 12 years old, guys would call her ‘Annie,’ which was short for anorexic.
‘[They] then threw my shoes out a window after deeming me not cool enough to wear vans. At the time, I was a mess – middle school is hard.
‘Now, I know who to choose to be a part in my life and advocate for any anti-bullying and try to help put a stop to it.’