A victim of cruel taunts, first former Fatimah Abdullah, 13, knows what it is like to be constantly made fun of. When bullies found out that she was adopted, they made her life in school a misery.
I had just started form one when one of the bullies overheard a teacher asking if I was adopted.
After this, the bullies who were in forms one and two, started making fun of me. One was even in the same class as me.
They said cruel things about why my natural mother had put me up for adoption. At first, I just accepted what they said as I was too scared to tell my teachers or parents.
I am quite small in size and the bullies are all bigger than I am.
After saying these terrible things about my background, they started locking me in the school toilet. I knew it was them because I could hear them laughing and making jokes outside as they locked the door.
I called for help but no one unlocked the door until one of the teachers came into the toilet and discovered me. She didn’t ask how this happened as she thought someone was playing a prank on me. I was locked in thetoilet several times.
Later, they started extorting money from me. They said I had to pay them RM2 to RM3 a day. If I didn’t, they would tell the whole school I was an unwanted or terrible child.I did pay them a few times because I didn’t know who to turn to or what to do.
Things got so bad that I couldn’t take the taunts anymore. This was when I finally broke down and told my (adopted) mother what was happening.
Together with her, I told the teachers what had been happening to me.
Unfortunately, no action was taken against the bullies. I did not expect the bullies to be expelled or suspended, I just wanted the teachers to call these bullies and their parents in so we could talk about the issue.
My mother encouraged me to change schools so I would not suffer any more. I have since started at another school and so far, everyone has been very nice. I have also made some friends.Related Stories:Stop the bullies Hotline to report bullies Why we terrorised others