Bullied into sharing recess food

  • Lifestyle
  • Monday, 28 May 2012

It was in my primary days that I was bullied. I was one of the teacher's favourites as I excelled in my studies. I was also talented in public speaking and storytelling, too. But, with all the compliments, a gang of girls started to envy my success. I would tell my parents about this and they would just tell me to continue praying and just basically ignore them.

I still remember when I won first place in my my school's English storytelling competition. My friends came over to congratulate me but that gang never did. Well, I expected the outcome would be this and yes, one of the girls in that gang got a consolation prize.

On some occasions when I had to ask this gang of girls for help, they would not give me a reply. Sometimes, I had to hand in my homework to them and when someone asked to borrow a book, they would give mine without first asking for my permission. They did not bully me directly but indirectly. I would act as if I did not see what they did.

Sometimes, when I was eating the food that my mum packed for me, they would come to me and be friendly, then one of them would ask, “Can I have one of yours?” What could I say? I was taught to share. As expected, one by one, they would finish up my biscuits and laugh, leaving the classroom and heading to the canteen.

Even though I was angry, I would just keep quiet. I remember that sometimes I would wait for them to leave the class before daring to eat my food. Is this considered bullying? Yes!

I still remember watching a video of a group of girls gathering around one girl to make fun of her and cut her hair. No matter how much she pleaded, they continued their delinquent act. I felt pity for her, to be treated in such a way; worse than how I was bullied.

I just thank God that I survived my primary days and had fun in my secondary school years when I was not bullied at all. I guess the girls had grown up and matured.

Tilly Koh Mei Ting

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