“When our teachers saw the movie, they finally understood what kids go through who are bullied. Maybe now, they will help kids like me.” Student Letter
“My friends and I always pick on this one girl in school because she’s overweight. After watching The Fat Boy Chronicles and seeing how Jimmy was called “Piggy,” I felt bad about many of the things I said. All my friends feel bad too.” – Student Letter
“I have been bullied since fifth grade because I’m small for my age. I’ve been sad for three years and haven’t told anyone. Jimmy and the movie gave me hope.” – Student Letter
Always know that you are not alone. There are many people out here willing and wanting to help. If you are depressed, in despair, thinking that every day the rest of your life will be just as traumatic as now—rest assured, it will get better. But you MUST NOT GIVE UP. Whether you have read the book, watched the movie or just found us through an internet search, please look at least one of these sites. They can help you make it through each day so that before you know it, a new year is upon us.
Always know that it is okay to tell an adult. If you worry about getting “ratted out” and having the bullying get worse, then find an adult like a counselor who is not involved with your classmates on a daily basis. Maybe a youth group leader or an assistant principal. And tell them you don’t want them to let the bully know you told. If they are worth their job, they can find a way to work with you without you having to sit and face the bully in a big meeting with everyone around.
EITHER WAY—DON’T KEEP IT IN AND THINK IT WILL GO AWAY. YOU DO NOT DESERVE TO BE BULLIED.
Join a club so you can be around other kids who like the same stuff you do. Find someone to go to the movies with. Maybe even try when the bully says something like “Nice shoes” when you know he doesn’t mean it, respond with “I don’t like them but my Mom thought they were cool.” Don’t be all defensive and maybe you can turn the joke on the bully. Often they don’t know how to react. It may take a few times of responding like this before they go away.
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