I became depressed over this. The pain I went through was enough for a whole lifetime, but no one could tell me it was the end of my drama. It wasn't until April of that year that most of the rumors and talk about the fight died down.
By then, my birthday was just around the corner. My excitement built, and I was happy to have one of my true friends over to celebrate. We talked for hours and snacked on junk food. It was finally a day when I could relax and not have to think about anything bad.
While she was there, though, trouble was brewing.
The weekend after my birthday, I went through one of the most heartbreaking and worst pains possible: I lost two people that I had grown up with and once called best friends. It was very emotional and hard to digest.
Over the Internet, the two bullied me and called me names. They blocked me from their phones. All of this was done without one word being said to me about what I had done to make them hate me so much. I haven't spoken to either one since, and I don't plan to.
Things have gotten a little better for me this year, but it's still a struggle. I still get called names sometimes, and I have some classes with my bullies. It's hard to triumph over the bullying every day, but not as hard as it was last year.
Being bullied isn't something you want to go through. You lose people you once trusted with everything, and you find enemies in people you've never held real conversations with.
Unfortunately, bullying happens daily all over the world. People have killed themselves because of it.
If it is happening to you, talk to someone. In the beginning, I kept it all to myself, but eventually I had to tell someone, so I confided in my mom. Then, after the fight, I had to talk to the principals at my school, too.
Don't let your bully or bullies control you and destroy your life. You are here on earth for a reason; don't let a bully be the reason you're not.
Calling for help
All these numbers are available 24/7.
• If you have been bullied and need to talk, call the Boys Town National Hotline at 1-800-448-3000.
• If you are in emotional distress or feeling suicidal, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
• If you have been or have witnessed bullying at school, call the West Virginia Safe Schools Helpline at 1-866-SAFEWVA (723-3982).