Dual Credit English
21 August 2009
Your Attitude in Life Determines Your Altitude
I ask myself, why me? What did I do to deserve this? How do I make it stop? Will it ever stop? During my school years, I have become the victim of cruelty, gossip, and abuse; I continue to encounter these bullying actions today. The harsh rumors are endless and the viciousness is uncontrollable. Surprisingly enough, I have found out how strong I am and have learned ways to defeat the unpleasant feelings I get because of the bullying. My mother raised me by saying, “Your attitude in life determines your altitude.” This saying strongly relates to an experience I had in school. Our school has informed students about the concern for bullying and the ‘no tolerance policy’ towards it by sending information to homes to notify parents of the harassment happening in the school. I, personally, never thought I would be the victim of this brutal pain. I see myself as a very caring and forgiving person; I accept everyone and try to help others when possible. I do not believe in groups or cliques. To me everyone is special. During school, clubs, sport events and even the internet, Lisa continues to taunt me. Passing her in the hallway makes my stomach turn. She always has a comment to make, such as “Wow, Brina, how long did it take you to put that outfit together? Trying hard are we?” I just put my head down and continue on my way. I must admit at times, I do not know how I make it to school and through the next day. Whenever we are in a classroom together, she will make a remark as soon as I walk in. Sometimes they sting, but most of the time, the rude comments and remarks just hit me so hard that I just want to be out of this place. All the hurt and abuse gets overwhelming at times and it takes a lot to hold back the tears. Sitting at lunch in the cafeteria makes me feel like a little field mouse minding his own business while a hawk is...
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