THE REAL: INTERVIEW WITH A GIRL WHO GOT BULLIED AT SCHOOL
She got bullied at school, but now all the boys want to sleep with her and take her shopping.
What happened to you when you were at school?
I used to get picked on a lot, people made fun of my forehead and my lips. They used to say my mouth was too big for my face. It wasn’t cool to have big lips back then.
Kids will look for anything to pick on.
For sure, everyone’s just getting used to their own bodies, so there’s a lot of pent up insecurity. And when people are insecure, they put other people down to make themselves feel better.
Did it ever go further than name calling?
Oh gosh, yes. There was one time in Science class, this guy would not stop throwing things at me. Whenever the teacher turned his back to the class, he’d throw little bits of paper or Skittles at my head. It was annoying, but I just ignored him, hoping he’d eventually stop. He didn’t, though. He got so frustrated that he took a bunsen burner and held it to the bottom of my hair. My hair was on fire, I couldn’t fuckin believe it!
I know, right? That was probably the worse thing that happened. I think he got excluded for a month for that.
He probably wanted to ask you out, but didn’t know how.
Looking back, I definitely think that was a part of it. A bunch of horny boys who didn’t know how to talk to the white girl with the big lips. Plus I was really bookish, I always had my head in some graphic novel. What the fuck do you say to a girl who reads Watchmen?
Did you have a crush on anyone?
Yeah, the guy who burnt my hair, he was hot!
Yeah, I know, weird huh? He was really cute. I remember crying after he burnt my hair, part of it was because I thought all my hair was gonna fall out, but half of me was just wondering why he didn’t just ask me out on a date.
Its good that you can look back and laugh at it now.
Yeah, it was really hard at the time. Don’t get me wrong, school was a total nightmare, I used to throw up every morning. But, when I went to college, everything changed. It was like I was a new person. I grew boobs and my face caught up with my lips. I became more confident and I had friends. I wasn’t really cool; I still read graphic novels and wore bootcut jeans, but I was completely comfortable in my own skin. Boys couldn’t get enough of me.
So what would you say to your bullies if you met them now?
Thank you! You guys made me who I am today. I hate it when people say stuff like that, but it’s true. Men are always begging to take me shopping or on holiday. And I think that cute guy who burned my hair is in prison now for attempted murder.
The universe has a weird way of balancing things out.
Author: pretty real