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I was in a cab with 3 schoolmates: Alex, Eric and Kyle. So, Kyle was a special kid. The thing about him… He does look special. We all went to the same special ed school, but Kyle was in a lower class since he had difficulties with a lot of stuff. He would sing in the car and snitch on everybody. That kind of stuff was really pushing my buttons. So, during the cab ride me and the other kids were horrible to this kid. We would take his phone, show him scary pictures that made him cry. We just started making fun of him. And then all of the sudden, this emotion that I've never felt before happened, this powerful sensation that gripped me. I was like, holy cow! The thing is, when you're bullying someone, you don't think how they feel. You don't think about the person. You just think, how do I make this person even more scared. But in my mind, I'm like, this is a bad thing to do. I'm like dang…
Then this one day came, and I took things way too far. I took his phone, because he was always on him, and deleted everything from it. His music app, his minion rush game, YouTube app, and a lot of other stuff. And then, like, “Here's your phone”, threw it back at him and he freakin’ wailed. Oh, my god, he wailed… I was like, what the hell am I doing? The next day I got really punished. I got suspended from school for like a day and I got grounded for two weeks. I tried to apologize to this kid, but the damage has already been done. He is just so afraid of me that he has panic attacks. I can't believe I've done something this bad to this kid’s life. I am just feeling horrible about it, every day.
The thing is, I was bullied, like, multiple times during my life. Since I was really short during my junior high and elementary days, I would be called dwarf. And those kids would be like “man, some people just don't go through puberty, I bet you are weak”. But I didn’t really care, so they stopped. They stopped when I didn't give them any power and didn't give them the fear. So later, if I found someone shorter than me, I would be like, “wow, looks like the door finally got height”. Maybe I felt insecure that I wasn’t tall. And Kyle was afraid of me and he was way shorter than me. And that was the thing. Like, if I found someone shorter and weaker than me, I would feel happy. I would feel, man, I really grew up. Kyle couldn’t protect himself and that made me feel powerful. Like, the only thing he would say, was “just leave me alone”. I know he felt horrible. I can't even comprehend how scared he was.
Every single moment when I think what I did... I feel horrible. Like why did I do this to this kid? He will never forgive what I did, because he had to live through weeks and months of this and I can’t give those minutes or those days back to him. I wish I could take those awful and painful moments back. I learned that even your words really have an effect on someone physically and emotionally. I will never ever bully someone again. I regret it so badly... And I will never forgive myself.
Animated by Meinart Animation Studio
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