After watching Thirteen Reasons(don’t worry I read the book two years ago), I realized a lot. I understood the bullying and how the school would handle it.
I remember not telling my parents and one of my friends telling them. When my parents told the school, the school got mad at me for not speaking up or telling a teacher.
They got mad a me for letting it happen. I was scared and my anxiety prevented from saying anything. The bullied were in my classes.
Then when I decided to say something, the school pulled me and the bullies all into one room, even when I requested to not be there or be mentioned by name.
The principal said and I quote, “Dahlia and her parents say that she’s being bullied by all of you. Is it true?” One of them said no.
Then he asked do you call her blah blah blah, at this pointed he listed out the names I’ve been and the things they’ve said.
They said “yes, but we meant it playfully and we only laughed the other time because we heard a funny joke in our last class.
” Then the principal turned it on me and told me to some extent, “you have to learn to examine the situation. They are trying to be your friend but you took it harshly. It was just a joke.”
Yeah it was just a joke, that made me come home from school crying. Jokes that made me insecure. Jokes that made me feel ugly. Jokes that more and more people would say.
All schools I’ve been to are the same. They don’t do anything and they blame the victims.