This is a picture of my beautiful little sister Brooke. She is 10 years old and currently in 5th grade. Everyday my little sister comes home from school crying or upset. She has been begging to switch schools for about two years now. Why? There is a girl in the grade below her and a girl in the grade above her who are best friends. These two girls pick on my sister almost everyday. They call her names, push her around, and make her feel worthless. As a result of the bullying my sisters personality has changed quite a bit. She is no longer the funny, happy, bubbly little girl she was. She is sad, self-conscious and miserable. My sister often calls herself ugly, and pokes at her stomach complaining she is “too fat”. She often cries over her looks and rarely lets people take photo’s of her because she thinks she is “too ugly”. No matter how much me or my family re-assures her of how beautiful she is and tells her she is not fat she doesn’t believe it. My TEN YEAR OLD baby sister sometimes even says she wants to DIE.
I AM SICK AND FUCKING TIRED OF PEOPLE SAYING BULLYING DOESN’T AFFECT PEOPLE. I AM FUCKING TIRED OF PEOPLE SAYING WORDS DO NOT HURT. WORDS HURT A FUCKING LOT. HOW MANY KIDS HAVE TO COMMIT SUICIDE OR BE PUT IN COUNSELING BEFORE THIS IS REALIZED. MY BABY SISTER IS BEAUTIFUL BUT BECAUSE OF OTHER PEOPLE’S “WORDS” MY SISTER HATES HERSELF.
So please tell me again, how do words not hurt?
The worst thing you can do to a person is put them down, pick on their flaws and torment them constantly. What you say DOES affect people, it DOES hurt them, and it DOESN’T get forgotten. What you say to people now can affect them the rest of their lives. So please, for me, for my sister, and for everyone else in the world, WATCH WHAT YOU SAY.