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Take a Stand, Lend a Hand. by Marks-Arts Take a Stand, Lend a Hand. by Marks-Arts
So today's Spirit Day! Made to raise awareness for Anti-Bullying. At school, the Thespian group I join, we're really big on raising awareness for anti-bullying. We've had people who were bullied because they were gay, bisexual, or transgender, and they've gone towards committing self-physical harm to themselves because of the harassment.
I for one have been bullied for practically the entirety of my school life. In Elementary school, I was being bullied because I wore glasses and they made fun of my crooked smile and for being too happy apparently. In Middle school, it seemed to have stopped but the harassing came back in the middle of 7th as people stopped to tell me I looked ugly and made fun of me for that. Then there's High School, the first two years were the worse, I didn't wear glasses anymore, but people continued to make fun of my crooked teeth and the fact that I was quiet, which pretty much made me an easy target, no matter what I said in attempt to stand up for myself, they got physical whenever I did. There were some people who were on my side, telling me to fight back (not rough-housing but to take a stand) so in 10th grade, this loser who has been harassing me all year got a mouthful from me, and what happened? He stuck a piece of gum on my hair. Okay, here's where things get worse, these so-called friends, who told me to stand up for myself against him, actually called me stupid and careless for standing up towards the guy, despite the fact that they suggested it to me in the first place! Before anyone asks, yes, I have gone to my counselor and the teacher, and they did jack. I finally had enough and transferred to another High School beginning in 11th grade, and since then, my social life, self-esteem and self-confidence has drastically improved, I no longer have that many problems with bullies, I still do sometimes but this time I know how to stand up for myself while dodging anything thrown my way in return. This High School is also a top-performing one in my county so its definitely a much better school than my previous one which had such horribly-behaved students and staff.
Well, there's my description of how I lived through bullying while in school @~@; Today, I continue to support Anti-bullying along with my Thespian group, and of course, I lend a hand to those who are under the attack of bullies~ Hopefully we can continue to spread the love and eliminate the hate! :heart:
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snivy08 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i've experienced bullying, like when i nearly got ambushed at knifepoint on my way home in the 10th grade, but it was mostly namecalling and getting beat up almost every day in junior high, i was called " little girl" "faget" "pussy"
and a bunch of other stuff like that.
you pretty much experienced what i went through except for the ambush, but i wore glasses and still wear them
and in the last two years of high school everything got better for me like it did for you.
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Marks-Arts Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh my god! Sorry you got ambushed like that! I feel your pain.. Even though for me it wasn't knifepoint, it was still ambush none-the-less, but jeez, even name calling and beaten up? Didnt you report those guys cause I certainly would. I used to wear glasses all through my school days, and that was one of the main reasons I got picked on, people kept calling me geek, nerd, ugly, dweeb, etc. I finally switched to contacts at the beginning of 9th grade.. But then I got picked on how crooked my teeth were and believe me... I went through a lot... Got punched in the mouth for apparently talking too much freshman year.. I don't wanna talk about the gory part of it.. But I got it solved with braces. Basically me ditching the glasses and went through orthodontic treatment along with some weight-loss helped me have the last two years of highschool enjoyable. But yeah, best of luck to both of us!
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snivy08 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
weell those guys were arrested, and the main guy's sister as well, it was her idea 'cause she thought i was after her, eeuugh! i don't like ghetto girls so she was delousional!
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Marks-Arts Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I've been dealing with the ghetto for many years, I'm glad Im finally away from them, hopefully for college, I'll be even further away from it.
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snivy08 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i still have to deal with it but i will survive! i hate were i live right now and have been living for years as well.
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SaroroKeronian Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
I was bullied at school but never about my orientation but instead for being a video game addict and being weird but I still remained myself. But then again I somewhat recently found my orientation and I don't tell anyone off the computer of fear of being harassed or made fun of. But when I moved out of Utah I learned that it's normal. Nothing to really worry about. I'm not afraid to tell the people I know but that does after all mean I don't tell everyone. I tell those who are my friends instead of the world. at least at this time. I am Bi and proud. Just not proud enough to tell my super religious parents or anyone in my family. That's just me though.

I am happy that DA is/was doing spirit day as it does make me proud to see it happen.

btw your pokemon are very awesome. :D
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Marks-Arts Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Being a video game addict? :C Aww, I can't believe how people would pick on you just for that. :<
Glad to see that you're proud to show who you are, that shows that you're a strong person! :iconaawplz: I know it could be challenging to tell your family but one day that ounce of courage will come and I'm sure they'll still love you.
Yeah ;u; At dA is doing something good about this~ the site updates weren't making me a happy camper >n>;;
Aww thank you! :D
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SaroroKeronian Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Heh YW. ^^ Would you be interested in chatting again sometime? Or is this too sudden to ask?
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Marks-Arts Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh sure, sure!
I'd love to chat anytime~ Just drop me a line! ^U^
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NinjaScrag Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gosh Kev! That sounds awful....I know my brother goes through a lot of stuff like that...I'm glad you have people to take your back and such! And that you're at a better school!
I was bullied a lot at my old school too..though it was mostly emotional, since the school has strick rules against "bullying." Thing is, if you weren't hurt physically, they would tell you to ignore them, and then not do anything else. Not a lot of people liked me there, and even back in my early elementary years my "friends" would tell me that they didn't "feel" like hanging out with me, and so I would spend all day by myself. They would tell me to stop being to weird, call me fat, and would mock me for my drawings. Lots of emotional stress there. If I tried to be nice to new kids, my other classmates would tell them weird rumors about me, and some of them even came to hate me, when all I did was be friendly to them! 6th grade was when I finally got a friend who could understand me and was really, really nice to me! I was often seen as hot headed, emotional, and childish, and people continued to mock me, but I had someone to take my side when they did. We're still friends today, and after I moved to my new school, there are plenty of new friends who like me for who I am and don't judge me...
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Marks-Arts Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh my yes, before I went to my new school, just trying to get through my day without being picked on was a chore. I'm really happy at how much better my life has gotten in terms of social activity. ;u;
Oh my gosh, they did that at my Elementary school too >.< They did nothing to stop emotional bullying! But I was also the victim of physical bullying as well, the only reason why I didn't report that was because I was afraid for myself ;n; that things would get worse if I "tattle-tailed".
Nobody liked me in Elementary school, I was always being outcasted for everything, apparently by being "ugly", having a very crooked smile (I lost my baby teeth late, which caused that.), and wearing glasses, which caused an array of four-eye jokes and insults. Thats just the physical insults, for emotional, they told me I was weird, I was too happy, I smiled too much, they would pick on me for looking like a dork, they thought I talked funny, I had a lisp back then.
I had that exact same problem, if there's a new kid and I tried to be acquainted and become their friend, those kids who pick on me would go up to him and say stuff like "Don't talk to him, he's weird", or "That kid's something you'll never be, a dork!" or "That kid's a nerd! Don't talk to him!". So yeah, the new kids were quick to hating me too thanks to the stupid rumors the classmates spread about me.
6th grade was also my time of finally getting away from such bullying. I went to a middle school that was actually an accredited school, as well as a top-performing one, and I swear, I was home. The people were very friendly, I actually made a handful of friends off the bat, people actually came up to me and said hi! It was definitely the greatest feeling ever, to finally get away from hell and experience the true value of friends!~
I did have just a few tiffs in Middle School, but like you, I finally had people to help me out and have my back~
The horror came back in 9th and 10th grade, where I went to a ghetto High School -_-' Hell returned and the bullying streak came back, but its all gone, now that I transferred to another top-performing high school in the county~ and life has gotten better once again! People at this High School like me for who I am and accept me no matter what. Went through a tough childhood, got a fresh breath of air in the middle, went back down the first two years of high life, and now, on to the new high school, and I'm there, I'm home! ;u;
You are definitely a great friend! I love talking to you~ I would never judge~ ;u; I like you for who you are! :iconaawplz:
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NinjaScrag Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, back at my old school I just learned to shut up and wouldn't talk to anyone, usually sitting alone at lunch tables and drawing all day.
I was called "fat" because I was a little over weight, and I was called a freak because I drew dragons and other abnormal things that people thought were weird...Also, because I didn't do sports and chose to read and draw, I was usually outside of most of the social circles, so I was rejected because of that too.
But there was one kid I remember...He was a new kid and we got along great at first, but after the boys in my class told him about "me" he started avoiding me, and whenever I would touch him or his stuff, or talk to him, he would act as if I had some kind of disease and run away or cringe away from me...He even attacked my little brother once because he was friends with his little sister. I caught him pushing him around and yelling at him to get away from her! I couldn't believe it! Not to mention there were two girls I was in class with, a grade below me, who I overheard calling me a "kindergardener" and such because I was slightly childish, and really emotionally unbalanced (I cried really easily or got mad quickly)...
But now my friends at my new school really appreciate me, and no matter how weird I am, they still stick around and don't judge me! There is one girl who now attends my school who used to bully me at my last school, but she leaves me alone, and I really believe we can get along...seeing as she was bullied as well...^V^
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Marks-Arts Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I stood by quiet as well ;n; I know I really wanted to scream and yell at them for bullying me so much.. but I know what ever I'd try to say, they would completely disregard and continue to harass.
Aww, I know we both deserved so much better, it really makes me cringe how people can act this way towards people who are not even hurting others by just being themselves. I did get easily angered back then.. but people took me as a joke and didn't see me or my anger intimidating at all, so I could do nothing but cry a lot as well...
I'm glad you've got friends who accept you for who you are! Awesome to see your life is going so much more better than it used to~ I guess the girl who used to bully you finally realized what wrong actions she's done before, hopefully you both will be okay with each other~ ;u;
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NinjaScrag Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I know how you feel there...though I often burried myself in studying, drawing and reading. I still have a few lingering social problems, and I take rejection and such pretty badly still, but It's gotten better. Though people still bug me about how I'm shy about certain things, even inviting friends over to my house seems strange. But yeah, life has definitely taken a turn for the better for me, and I'm glad I have plenty of friends around, though I may not see them as often as I used to. But yeah, here at my new school, there really isn't any need to put up a fake image of yourself, so I guess she doesn't have any reason to bug me. I hope we can become friends...
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Marks-Arts Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ack, I was one of those kids who cared more about my studies too~ hence which is why people called stuff like "nerd", "geek", or "dork" ;-:
I'm still a pretty shy person, but I manage to overcome sometimes, but if not, I stay pretty quiet :iconsadcraiplz: I have to get over being shy~ I get a little awkward when I go to friends houses, like I just stand there and be like "don't mind me~ <w>" LOL, yeah. ;;
Glad to see things are going so much more better for both of us~ :la: hope it continues to go that way. :iconsupertighthugplz:
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NinjaScrag Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahaha yeah I know what you mean, though all that studying really paid off, you know? They would always gawk over my grades, even if I only got B's. LOL

But yeah, even now when meeting new people I'm really quiet, though I'm getting better. When talking to people I'm uncomfortable around I talk little and remain quiet, though I'm loud and hyper around my close friends!

Anyways, it is really nice that things have gotten better for both of us. ^V^
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Gumi606 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
Wow bro that must've been horrible for you. I have been bullied a lot by friends AND family and till this day, my family still does. Especially my big brother but when I try to stand up for myself, it ends up being a fist fight. Even fights that look like we got hit by a bus. My face gets messed up and my body gets bruised and so does his but still we continue fighting. But, because I know you and other friends are on my side, I feel free and a bit safer. I love you bro and thank you for being with me and trying your best for helping me out. :iconaawplz: :heart: ( I'm on your side too buddy ;) )
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Marks-Arts Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Aww, Its horrible to see how your own flesh and blood can treat you as such! Family are supposed to love each other ;n; I really hope things will get better for you soon~ You did say things are starting to turn for the better, especially moving to another place~
I'll always help you out! :iconaawplz: (And I'm on your side! :la:)
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Gumi606 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Awww thank you bro! :la: :iconaawplz: :heart:
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Thederpyhobbes29 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Usually i think Sprit Day's a BIT useless because Bullying can't really be stopped, and with a ying, theres a yang, but i luv it!
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Marks-Arts Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
There's always gonna be a bully once in a while, but that doesn't mean we don't have the power to stand up for ourselves and help others in need as well~
Thank you! :D
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MarieandKirby97 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was bullied a lot during eementary and middle school, it stopped once I reached high school. So i understand completely.
Don't worry, no matter what, i'll always be your friend and stand up for you.
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Marks-Arts Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Aw, :C I'm glad it finally stopped at a point where the last four years have to be your best. Aw, I'll always be your friend too! :tighthug:
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MarieandKirby97 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks ToonKid!!
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Xander3000 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
Dawww~ nicee input for the spirit day c:
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Marks-Arts Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Aww thank you! :D
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Pom-Lover424 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012   Traditional Artist
I was also bulled in my school-life, and I tell you, it was just disgusting.
The picture sends the message out, well. :heart:
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Marks-Arts Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Aww, I'm sorry it happened to you too :< :iconaawplz:
Yeah, hopefully less people will be more considerate for others.
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Pom-Lover424 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thanks, Kevin~ Yes, people can be more caring. :iconsnugglyplz:
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