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[QUOTE]Originally posted by NaturalResources: [QB] MunchkinMan, I want to share something with you. Like Bigfoot commented earlier, there was a period of time during my schooling where I was not picked on. This was a time when we had a new student join our school. This new student, who was even less like the "norm" than I, suddenly became the new target of the bullies. Unfortunately, I found myself liking the fact that this person was being bullied. At first, I simply said and did nothing, glad to no longer be the target of the bullying. But then, slowly, I joined in on the bullying and became a bully myself. Even though I knew better, because I had all to recently been the bullied, I found that the same people who hated me before, now liked me. It felt good. It was my revenge, even though it was misplaced. For months I mercilessly picked on this new student along with the rest of the bullies. I finally felt like I fit in. This all changed when the new student cracked and attacked another student who was bullying them. Even though I was not involved in this particular incident, I know for a fact, through personal experience, that my constant bullying contributed to the culmination of this event. As best as I understand it, (since I did not witness it), this student was only fighting back but several students, who were friends of the bullies that were involved, gave statements that the new student lashed out and attacked for no reason. As a result, the new student was expelled from our school and to my knowledge, ended up with criminal charges, as the student they attacked was severely injured. Once the new student was gone, things returned to "normal" and I was once again the target. The same people who liked me days before, hated me again. I had now been on the other side though, and it changed how I saw things. While my family and real friends helped me cope with the trauma of being bullied, it was this event that helped me understand why revenge is not the answer. It also helped me understand why some people are "part time" bullies, if you will. To this day I regret my actions. I do not know what became of the new student, nor whether or not they went on to have a normal life, but I do know, from my own experiences, that they probably never forgot me, or the rotten things I said and did to them. I know I haven't. Many here, myself included, will say you are wrong in what you did to your students to get your "revenge"... But until you can realize this for yourself, our comments fall on deaf ears, and will mean little. It is up to you to come to this on your own, which, if you were bullied too, I am sure you will do at some point in your life. Best of luck to you. NR. [/QB][/QUOTE]
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