Real children experience bullying every day of the week – not just during school days and hours. With the Internet, smartphones, Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites, bullies are now able to continue targeting their victims once the final bell of the day has rung and everyone has gone home. Discover more about Bullying Stories for Kids.
Bully Stories for Kids – Cheyenne
Ceyanne (See-Anne) began to experience bullying because she is Native American and because, when she was a preschooler, her aunt’s dog attacked her and bit her on the face, according to No Place 4 Hate. She also wore eyeglasses. When Ceyanne was in the second grade, she still had visible scarring on her cheeks and forehead. After she had been in her second-grade classroom for two months, her fellow classmates began to single her out, telling her to “go back to the reservation! We’re you belong!” (sic) Her bullying continued all through elementary school – because she thought nobody, including her teacher, school administrators or family members, would understand, she didn’t reveal what she was going through.
Instead, she kept all of her experiences to herself. In middle school, she began to suffer from lowered self-confidence and self esteem. When people told her she would be prettier if she didn’t have the dog-attack scars on her face, she tried to shake the hurt off, but she began to cry. When this happened, the kids would say, “I’m jus saying.” (sic)
Her grandfather, a pastor, told her that God made everyone the same. He also told her she was the most beautiful girl he’d ever seen. Ceyanne began to believe this – even thought she still struggles with being self-conscious, she is building her self respect.
Bullying Story for Kids – Brigette
Brigette was a tall (5 feet, eleven inches) girl in the eighth grade, which makes her stand out, according to Kids Health. By her own description she is also a science nerd. Because she went to an all-girl’s school, she went through bullying directed at her by the other girls in her school. She was called names and experienced shunning. She admits spending break times and lunch breaks in the bathroom, crying.
Brigette began to use her “science nerd” skills for a good cause. She decided to research how many children in her age group were bullied. From that and her own experiences with bullying, she wrote “Dorie Witt’s Guide to Surviving Bullies,” a fiction story about the real experiences and feelings that survivors of bullying go through.
She made up a questionnaire and an online survey, then targeted focus groups that allowed students to begin talking about bullying.
What she has learned (also from personal experience) is that the bullied are sometimes also bullies. She gives talks to school children and, in every talk, she asks, “If we know that bullying hurts so much, why is it that we sometimes bully others?”
Bridgette suggests that students talk to victims after they are bullied – find out if they are okay, agree with them that what happened is wrong and help them let a teacher know what happened. She also suggests “group correction,” where several students decide in advance that they are going to stand up to bullies.
Stories About Bullying for Kids – Jake
Jake began to experience physical bullying, intimidation, verbal threats and stealing when he was in the second grade. He remembers the most terrifying incident this way: He, along with his bullies, were sitting at their assigned table in the cafeteria. (He was assigned to sit at the same table as his bullies.) One day, one of his bullies stood up and yelled, “Hey, who’s going to help me beat Jake up today?” After lunch, Jake was physically isolated by his bullies and attacked. They shoved him to the ground several times – he couldn’t get away from them. When recess was finally over and everyone had gone inside the school, the boy who had attacked him threatened to kill Jake if he told any of the teachers: “I’m going to kill you if you tell!” I’m going to kill you tomorrow!” Jake took him seriously and he was frightened for several days after that attack.
The bullying was so bad that Jake’s mother came to the cafeteria and ate lunch with Jake every day. She also went to the playground with him, trying to prevent the physical attacks. She asked the school to reassign Jake to another table – she was turned down because, “they had to think about the ‘other’ kids the bullies could target.” In other words, the school knew the boys bullied Jake, but they would do nothing to make things any better for him.
Jake also turned his experiences into a positive – he became an advocate for the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act. He tells students that bullying isn’t their fault. Next, he advises telling a trusted adult about the bullying. Finally, he suggests hanging around other, friendlier kids, according to NEA Today
Bullying Stories for Kids to Read – Ryan
Ryan suffered from physical and language sills that made it hard for him to understand classroom material. When he was in the fifth grade, his classmates began to bully him. Several boys who knew of Ryan’s academic and physical coordination struggles and began to bully him verbally. The bullying eased off, then resumed in the first year that Ryan was in middle school. The same group of boys began to pick on Ryan to the point that he wanted to be home schooled. Told this wasn’t an option, he asked his father to teach him how to fight. He learned Tae Bo and seemed to become friends with his main bully.
Ryan committed suicide after he was rumored to be gay. His “friend” took a story Ryan told him and began spreading it. Ryan gained a girlfriend – when the new school year started, she told him in front of her friends that he was a loser and didn’t want anything to do with him ever again, according to RyanPatrickHalligan.org.