Voices from our future: There’s hope for those who are bullied

By KAITLIN FRISON GUEST COLUMNIST,

Editor’s Note: Voices From Our Future is a new column open to any school-age youth in Sunflower County who would like to express themselves and their opinions in The E-T.

If you have never been a victim of bullying you do not have a clue. 

Bullying is a topic that I am very passionate about.

Why? 

I know firsthand about the ramifications of bullying because I have been the victim of being bullied.

I‘ve been bullied.  I was bullied for being quiet.  I was called ugly names for being smart. 

I felt alone, beat down and I felt like I was the things they said I was.

I talked to my mom and she said “Kaitlin, let people talk, because talk does not determine who you are.” “Kaitlin,” she added “you do not have to answer to the negativity. You are above the names you are being called because you are a beautiful person!!” 

My Mom was there for me. But still it was hard. I hated school! 

I did not like the kids there and was starting to feel small. 

I think it started to destroy me as a person. Being a victim of bullying is not something to laugh about. I was not improving so my mom changed my school. 

I am now in another school where the words of my mom and grandma are true. “There is nothing wrong with being smart, because being smart is a badge of honor,” a badge that I now wear proudly. 

I am in a new school where I have made new friends, I am in the Beta Club, I am in the Girl Scouts, I am an honor roll student and I do love God.

Bullying is not something to laugh about. 

If you are a victim you hurt all over, and mere words do not help. 

It takes a lot out of you because you cannot figure out why. 

Why me?

What did I do? 

If you are a person who bullies – STOP!

Things are different for me now. I now realize I am not what others say I am. I am a Queen. I adjust my crown and I walk with my head held high. I am a beautiful, smart person.  I am me.  I am Kaitlin! 

Kaitlin Frison is a seventh grader at Merritt Middle School. She is a member of the Young Steppers, and she is the daughter of Amanda Frison.

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