I get bullied at school. Lots of the kids are mean to me because I am in a wheelchair. I don't think they understand what's wrong! They tell me that I should just stand up, that I'm lazy because I always sit down, and that I'm stupid because I don't stand up. But I CAN'T STAND UP! My legs don't work like everyone else's; the muscles don't work, so I can't move my legs at all.
Last week, I told my mum about the bullies, and this is what happened. First of all, she gave me the biggest hug I've ever had, and even though I have a big strong upper body, she practically squeezed me to death! Then she told me that she was going to help me out. She made some phone calls and told me that it would be ok. The next day I went to school as usual, expecting the bullies to start up as usual. My teacher approached me, and told me that she'd spoken to my mum. She took me into her office and we had a chat. She gave me some really good advice.
"I know it's hard when you're bullied, and you don't know what to do, but here are some things that I think you should try. I think you need to let the bullies know that just because you're in the wheelchair that you're still just like they are."
"I am just like they are!"
"Exactly, but these bullies don't understand that. They don't know that just because your legs don't work, you have stronger arms than almost anyone in the school! They don't know that you love playing games, or that you're the best tennis player in the school. If they knew all of these things, if they knew how nice you were, they would forget all about your wheelchair. I know that you've learnt how to deal with it, and so will they."
"So I need to show them that I'm just like they are?"
I thought about this, and though I didn't really see how Mr Garrison's advice was going to work, I decided that I would try it. Later on, I went out into the playground to play ‘it'. Jessie is one of the fastest boys in my year and he told me that there was no point in me playing, because I would need to run. What Jessie didn't know is that ‘it' is one of my favourite and best games. My friend Anna told Jessie to give me a chance, and so he said that I could play for one game. As it turned out, I was the best player! Jessie said he had no idea I could be so fast, and was amazed that just because my legs didn't work, my strong arms meant that I could still go really fast!
Jessie told Max, who told Jake, who told Sean and Natalia. Pretty soon, all of the people who had been bullying me wanted to play with me! I played tennis with Max, I played video games with Jake, and I played LOADS of ‘it' with the others! It's been a great week, and I'm looking forward to school on Monday! I had always thought that those kids were mean, but they just needed to know that I was just like them. They didn't understand that just because I was in a wheelchair that I was still normal! Now they do, and they treat me just like they would anyone else. Now they know what I knew all along, that everyone should be treated the same, and it feels great. Talking to my mum and teacher really helped me when I was being bullied, and now everything is going great!