I know all about bullying. Not only have I been a victim of bullying, but also I’ve been a bully myself. It’s not something I’m proud of, but I learned a huge lesson. Let me back up a little...
It all started when I was just a little kid. There was this girl named Haylee, and she was always picking on me. Then she got her friends to pick on me, too. I guess they all thought it was funny or cool or something, but it really wasn’t. It hurt my feelings. In fact, at the start of sixth-grade, I decided not to join the soccer team just because Haylee would be on it too. It all sort of worked out though because I wound up joining the Drama Club instead, and Jordan is also in the Drama Club, and he is just so cute and . . . I’m getting off subject aren’t I – sorry. The point it, I was bullied, and I didn’t like it one bit.
I know I should have told a grown-up about all the stuff Haylee and her friends did to me, but I didn’t. Instead, I wrote it in my diary that I keep on my computer. It sort of made me feel better even if it didn’t make the problem go away – that is, until . . . Well, my annoying younger brother thought it would be funny to publish my diary on the Internet as a BLOG! Do you believe that? Lucky for me, I never signed my diary entries with my real name, because let’s face it – Millicent Marie doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. Instead, I chose the name Amanda. So the entire school had no idea I was the one who wrote all that stuff.
I was going to delete the blog, but all these people started emailing me asking for advice, and I thought that was pretty neat. No one had really ever cared about what I had to say before. Except – I went a little too far, and may have said a little too much. To me it was just harmless gossip – at least that’s what I convinced myself, but I hurt people’s feelings and that made me a bully too. I know now that what I did to other people was just as wrong as what Haylee and her friends had done to me. I feel really bad, and I hope everyone can forgive me.
There’s a lot more to the story, so I asked my creator, Karen Pokras Toz, to put it all down in a book for me. I hope you’ll give it a read. I learned a lot about gossiping, bullies, friendship, and respect. If you ask me, bullying prevention awareness should be a year-long event.
Well I guess that's it - Oh wait I almost forgot the best part!!. Lady Reader's Bookstuff is giving away a copy of my book! You can enter HERE. Plus Lady Reader's Bookstuff & Uniquely Moi Books are giving tons more books on their sites - so make sure to visit them everyday during the month of October. See I told you my new friends were awesome!
Anyway - thanks for stopping by and come back again soon!!
Until next time - - Millie