Bullying


Andrew: When I was at the mainstream school,
the kids used to tease me or torment me because I used to walk funny, or talk funny. Jayme: One of the games we would play would
be hide and seek. I would count, and the other girls would go off and play a completely different
game. Marita: It was more, I think for me, more
indirect than direct. I would come across, and I would hear people giggling and laughing
– Oh look at this spastic girl walking again. Jayme: I was actually also in a way, bullied
by the teacher. Whatever desk can pack up first gets to go to lunch first. Obviously
my desk would never pack up first, and that’s where the teasing would be converted into
the playground because we weren’t first out to lunch because of me. Jo: The girl she was having a party, and I
was in her class, and she was talking about it all the time, and just being excluded from
that, and not being invited, just having to deal with all those kinds of girl issue things.
The way I was bullied at school. Zoe: At the time it kind of made me feel really
sad, and I guess, unvalued. Marita: It made me quite small, actually.
I was like, I’m not actually different to you – you don’t see me as a person first.
But yeah, it made me feel quite upset. It was some days where I came home, and I sort
of didn’t want to go to school the next day. Jayme: I came home every night and cried.
I was only in Year 4, so I was bad – nine or ten years old. I was coming home fighting
and crying with my parents. Ben: I tried to pay them back, but they’d
try again. David: I did get bullied now and then. Then
I found a lot of the kids that bullied me have problems with themselves. Andrew: And I’d just react by just laughing
at them. And in the end they would just give up and just start laughing at me. Jess: I don’t think school bullies were game
enough to pick on me. If they did I would just chuckle at them. I don’t think it was
the reaction they wanted. Jayme: There’s a bully in every school, but
it’s how you deal with it. So, in high school when I was bullied by a few people, I would
say, oh well, go off, play by yourself, because I knew I would go home and I would get on
my bike. I would get in the swimming pool, or the next weekend, I would be in a disabled
community. Julius: If you have a disability you have
to step up to that and think that they might be a bit ignorant of people with disabilities.
We are no different than anybody else in this world. Elly-May: Because I always kind of never really
cared what they thought. It just kind of gave them their power, which made them not really
want to try because they’ll just look like an idiot. Because I can.