When you're young, being the victim of bullying can be a common problem. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, "One out of every five... students report being bullied."
Bullying comes in all forms, including verbal teasing, physical violence, and cyberbullying. Bullying also focuses on a variety of different "reasons."
The National Center for Educational Statistics reports that students are bullied for uncontrollable factors, including, "...physical appearance, race/ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, sexual orientation."
While bullying is in no way okay, and should never be accepted, it might help to know no one is ever alone.
That may have been the thought process behind the question Redditor Melkermyrendal asked:
"What have you been bullied for?"
May The Force Be With You
"Some d*ck tried to make fun of me cos I liked Star Wars. He went over to another one of his friends and told them I liked Star Wars."
"The response: "Yeah, Star Wars is awesome""
What's In A Name?
"My name. I was never teased about it until I was in 1st grade and went somewhere new. Being the new kid with no friends and a funny name made me an easy target for future bullying."
"Poverty. When your richer classmates realize that you're wearing cheap clothes, sometimes a couple of times in a row, because that's affordable while they have no concept of clothing or laundry costing money, that's a wide open target."
Acne: The Forever Problem
"Dude...acne is sometimes worse than people. At least you can get away from them. I've had acne since I was 7 and I'm almost 30 now... But if you have a big, nasty one you could pull and Osmosis Jones and explode it on them! XD"
And The Best Gaming Console Is...
"preferring nintendo games over xbox and playstation"
Not Pretty, Just Girly
"For having big eyelashes as a boy, they thought I looked girly"
Making It Work For Me
"People used to make fun of my weight as well...I would just sit on them. Shut them up real fast! XD"
Nothing To Be Ashamed Of
Coming Out On Top
"Having red hair. Im pretty much bald now, so f*ck em'"
This Is The Way To Be
"Not bullying others."
Sometimes it can be easy to go along with the behavior of the majority, but simply not taking part on the bullying of others can make a positive impact on the person who is being bullied.
According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, other helpful behaviors from bystanders include. "...spending time with the student, talking to him/her, helping him/her get away, or giving advice..."
You don't have to be the one to step in yourself, however. If you or anyone you know is being bullied, telling a trusted adult, such as a parent, teacher, or family friend can help.
You can also contact the National Bullying Prevention Center through email at Bullying411@pacer.org or by phone at 952.838.9000.
You can also find them on social media.
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