I lived my childhood in rural Pennsylvania so didn't experience it at first because I lived in a satellite sort of town. There was not a lot of outside influence and everyone knew each other. It was a utopian way to grow up. I could run through the forest without a care in the world. That was a beautiful way to grow up.
When I moved to Delaware to pursue figure skating I went to my first real integrated school with African-American kids, Muslim kids, Jewish kids—all those different people who had no idea who I was [started] bullying because I was different. I was tiny. I was pale. I didn't go to school the whole day because I had to go skating and train. Everyone knew what I was doing as a figure skater and, of course, you get bullied for doing those things. I never got sad when I was called the f-word or a name. I am not a person that cries over those things. I get stronger. I always come back fighting and I don't know why that it. It is my defense mechanism. When someone wants to belittle me then I come back 10 times harder so that I can be the one that laughs last. I don't let it effect me in a negative way.
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Posted By: Terrible22 |
4/04/13 1:51 PM
Good to hear that he had the support from his parents which was really important in his growth. Look at him now Mom and Dad must be proud of their baby boy.