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There aren’t many things I dislike more than bullies. They are a particularly nasty aspect of society and I do not think even today that bullying is taken anywhere near as seriously as it should be. Bullying can have a profound impact on lives and should be stamped out as soon as any signs begin to appear.

I, like many, suffered from bullying at school, though I don’t believe I suffered any more than most. One came in the form of constant taunting from a boy lower down the social scale in an attempt to score points and thus elevate himself. Others from the occasional threat of casual violence, probably due to my size being bigger than most and therefore more impressive to intimidate, if such an act is one you might find worthy of respect.

Yes it was awful at the time and if I’m completely honest there is a part of me that regrets not standing up to them, even if it meant getting into trouble for fighting or whatever might have come of it, but I don’t think I came away permanently scarred so I don’t feel the need to go into much more detail about the bullying I suffered. I do think schools and society in general need to take psychological bullying at least as seriously as physical though, because I think it was the taunting that I remember most, rather than anything physical that may have ever happened to me.

I also have the satisfaction of being fairly certain that I am leading a far better and more successful life than anyone who may have bullied me at school.

Finally, I’m not sure what advice I would give to someone who was being bullied, other than to stand up to them. Bullies tend to be cowards, and unless they’re totally unstable will either back down or take things to the point where you have cause to report them to the necessary authorities. There is certainly no shame in reporting a bully. The shame is in being one.