Poll of the Day > Were you bullied in Middle/High school?

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SirPikachu
02/10/19 8:01:38 PM
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Whatever you classify as bullying - Results (17 votes)
Yes, both
29.41% (5 votes)
5
Yes, only High
5.88% (1 vote)
1
Yes, only Middle
17.65% (3 votes)
3
Only a little bit
11.76% (2 votes)
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No
35.29% (6 votes)
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Just curious, as I was never really bullied at all, and only even slightly picked at in a not friendly way a couple of times. Like when some dude was asking if I got my shoes from Wal-Mart and then laughing at me when i said yes.; or some stupid dude caught a whiff of the cow shit from a field across the road during P.E. and tried to blame the smell on me and my friend.

It surprised me how little I got bullied, cuz I think i was the kind of kid who you think would get bullied. I was kind of a nerd, always good in school, never went to any big parties, and read Manga and played my 3DS in class. Even playing Pokemon in my construction class, I didn't get any shit for it.

I think my school was for sure a lot better than most about having less bullies, but I know a lot of my friends said they were bullied quite a bit. The only time I ever really noticed any bullying is when 3 girls were starting to make fun of my younger cousin, but they actually stopped when i told them to leave him alone and starting talking to me. So I have no idea why I practically never got bullied, only thing I can think of is that I looked a little older and was a little bigger than the average high school student, but not by much.

Sorry if it's a weird question to ask, but I was just curious to everyone else's experience. It's just always struck me as odd that I never had to stand up for myself or anything and people just never gave me any shit.
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StoneRevolver
02/10/19 8:11:19 PM
2
Was quiet and went to a private school, so that's a negative from me.
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ReggieTheReckless
02/10/19 8:18:02 PM
3
both, but I was the kid that fought back and beat people up and so I got ridiculed even more

made fun of for being the nerdy kid and then made fun of for being the psycho kid that attacked people when they made fun of him

kids are rough
LinkPizza
02/10/19 8:19:56 PM
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Nope. I was pretty popular. People knew me. And I was on the wrestling team, which also had a lot of people from the football team. Because of them, no one really dared to mess with me. One kid on the wrestling team would try, but the team would shut him down before he got the chance.
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JOExHIGASHI
02/10/19 8:26:38 PM
5
other kids got bullied and I defended them. now I'm friends with those bullies
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DDirtyDastard
02/10/19 8:30:16 PM
6
I got bullied hella hard in middle school. In high school, nobody fucked with my crew. We were bad mother fuckers.
Far-Queue
02/10/19 8:49:56 PM
7
Yes, but I had it coming. Not saying it was justified, just that I didn't make it easy on myself or try to avoid it.
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Mead
02/10/19 8:53:12 PM
8
Towards the beginning of middle school yeah, by eighth grade I was pretty popular though and never really got bullied again
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eating4fun
02/10/19 8:56:15 PM
9
only in elementary school.
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Super_Thug44
02/10/19 9:10:28 PM
10
In middle school. It was weird as fuck. I was friends with the bully in 5th grade, we didn't really talk at all in 6th or 7th grade, and then randomly he and his minion friend started making fun of me at lunch a couple times a week. I think his minion friend kind of realized how douchy he was being and stopped but still would just stand around and watch the bully make fun of me. It was literally for no reason. I can't recall any instance where we had a falling out or I did anything that would cause him to be this way.

Something similar happened again in high school. Me and this other guy were at least friendly with each other in 9th grade, and then he started acting douchy to me in 10th grade. I would just outright ignore him and his rudeness/assholery and I think he finally realized he was being a bitch. In 12th grade he was nice to me and would try to talk to say hi to me in the halls but I just continued to ignore him. Same thing as before, couldn't think of any reason for him to act like that.

People are fucking weird. One year they're cool/indifferent to you, and then without any instigation, they become a complete dick.
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LinkPizza
02/10/19 9:15:16 PM
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Super_Thug44 posted...
In middle school. It was weird as fuck. I was friends with the bully in 5th grade, we didn't really talk at all in 6th or 7th grade, and then randomly he and his minion friend started making fun of me at lunch a couple times a week. I think his minion friend kind of realized how douchy he was being and stopped but still would just stand around and watch the bully make fun of me. It was literally for no reason. I can't recall any instance where we had a falling out or I did anything that would cause him to be this way.

Something similar happened again in high school. Me and this other guy were at least friendly with each other in 9th grade, and then he started acting douchy to me in 10th grade. I would just outright ignore him and his rudeness/assholery and I think he finally realized he was being a bitch. In 12th grade he was nice to me and would try to talk to say hi to me in the halls but I just continued to ignore him. Same thing as before, couldn't think of any reason for him to act like that.

People are fucking weird. One year they're cool/indifferent to you, and then without any instigation, they become a complete dick.

Probably trying to fit in or impress certain people. That can make anyone turn...
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Dikitain
02/10/19 9:27:13 PM
12
Middle school I was, but about 3 months into 8th grade I got pissed at my bully and punched him in the face, breaking his nose. After that, no one bullied me, and even the people who made fun of me (but not enough that I would classify as "bullying") never messed with me after that. I wouldn't go as far as to say I was popular, just mostly left alone.
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THEGODDAMNBATMA
02/10/19 9:55:49 PM
13
A kid bullied me relentlessly for the first for the first quarter of sixth grade. I have no clue what his issue was but he was pretty vicious to me.

I got to know my counselor pretty well and after about a month, I told her about it. He got in trouble. It stopped for about a week then he started bullying me for it. So I told the counselor again. He got in trouble again. Then after that he confronted me and told me to "stop making stuff up about me bullying you" and our teacher who was sick of his shit and had witnessed him bullying me made him go to the principal's office and the principal basically told him to never mess with me again or he'd suspend him.

Never had to deal with him.
Sarcasthma
02/10/19 9:58:48 PM
14
I got bullied a bit, and I also was a bully sometimes, too.

Younger me was kind of a shithead.
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_EggplantWizard
02/10/19 9:59:25 PM
15
I got bullied a little bit. Strange thing is that I was friends with the kids who got bullied, and I was friends with the kids that bullied them.
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Twindragonfang
02/10/19 9:59:40 PM
16
Nah, I didn't stand for that kinda shit back then. Of course I was always one of the biggest guys around, I was pretty much full grown before high school, and was active athletically speaking, so I kinda scared people off.
Kungfu Kenobi
02/10/19 10:33:19 PM
17
Yeah, middle school, and it was bad enough that someone did jail time over it.
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streamofthesky
02/10/19 11:04:47 PM
18
I got bullied a fair bit in elementary school, a metric fuck ton in middle school, and in high school...almost none, b/c thankfully bullies tend to be dumb as a sack of rocks, so none of them were in my college prep or honors level classes, and several had racked up a stay-behind year by then to boot.
The final day of HS, my longest-term bully (since elementary, but hadn't really interacted with at all in like 5 years by then) basically jumped me in the hallway. I guess he realized he'd never get a chance to fuck with me ever again and felt he had to act? He didn't know that I had been weight lifting and learning to defend myself in the interim, so he wasn't expecting me to quickly get back to my feet and deck him in the face in response. Unfortunately a teacher broke it up right after I slammed him into the lockers and was about to really lay into him. :(
CaptainStrong
02/10/19 11:33:47 PM
19
No. I was the bully.
GRTooCool
02/10/19 11:40:52 PM
20
Not middle and high school but in Elementary school. Got bullied three times in 2 schools.

1st time was when I was at an elementary school from pre-school to 2nd grade. In 2nd grade I had to wait like an hour outside at school for my dad to get off work to pick me up. There was this 5th grader who thought he was being a bad ass when he would take my marbles and make me chase after him. One time he shoved me and I fell face first onto the sidewalk, breaking my nose. Next thing I knew, he got in trouble for it and left me alone. My parents then had me walk home with a classmate that lived around the block and I stayed at his place until my dad could pick me up.

2nd time was when my family moved and I had to switch schools from 3rd grade to 6th grade. Immediately, there was some Hispanic kid in the same grade as me (3rd grade) that picked on me one day when I wouldn't do his homework. I told my dad about it asap and he had a talk with the teacher. The teacher lectured the bully but that only made it worse. So I told my dad again and he went straight to the Principal. Then the principal contacted his parents and the bully immediately left me alone. All of this got handled in like a week. A few months later, that bully moved away.

3rd time was when 5th grade started, there was a new kid who was kind of tall but really fat. For some reason he picked on me. I told the teacher and again, the teacher didn't really help. This one told me to fight my own battles for some reason. So I did. When the bully shoved me around during recess, I punched him in the face. He got really pissed off and he was way bigger than me, yet for some reason he retaliated by throwing a pencil at my face, almost hitting my eye. Thankfully a teacher saw the whole thing, and that kid immediately got suspended for a few days. (Meanwhile I got in trouble because my parents said I should have told them instead of going at it on my own.) When he returned he apologized to me saying that he was often picked on at home by his older brother. Oddly enough, we kind of became friends afterwards.

Rough childhood right? Don't be afraid to tell your parents.
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Muscles
02/10/19 11:43:12 PM
21
Nope, though I was homeschooled after 4th grade
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darkknight109
02/10/19 11:49:02 PM
22
A bit in middle school, not really all that much in high school. There were one or two assholes, but I don't think assholes being assholes counts...
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Blorfenburger
02/10/19 11:51:59 PM
23
Pretty sure 80% of kids were bullied. Whether its a shove to the ground, classic pencil stabbing, or the hyper lethal girl gossip
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afrodude77
02/11/19 12:07:26 AM
24
Yeah back in 8th grade but I beat his ass in the locker room and everyone saw the gamer wouldn't be punked out by anyone
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The_tall_midget
02/11/19 8:21:35 AM
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High school. Bunch of losers who had shitty grades got offended I had good grades. They failed their classes and became the usual failures you'd expect the sports jocks to be.
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Nichtcrawler X
02/11/19 8:22:54 AM
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What is the difference between middle and high school? I thought they were the same thing in the US.
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ParanoidObsessive
02/11/19 8:45:18 AM
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"Other"

I was kind of bullied a bit in middle school, but I was also sort of the bully in a couple of cases in high school.

The real problem (at least in my case) was passivity. When I was quiet and conflict-avoidant is when I had the biggest target painted on me. When I basically snapped and started fighting back is when the bullies backed off, because bullies tend to prefer easy targets and I was starting to send off the vibe that if they pushed me too far I might murder them and dump their corpse in a ditch somewhere.

Of course, in the current climate, the attitude I developed that finally saved me would also be the thing that would get me expelled and branded a problem under zero tolerance bullshit, which is why I have very little respect for or belief in zero tolerance bullshit as a solution for anything.

Basically, I tend to feel like the educational system in the US needs dramatic sociological/psychological overhaul, and a "guidance counselor" infrastructure that actually accomplishes something rather than being see as a joke by 99.44% of students, but that would cost money and require effort, so it will never actually happen.


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GanglyKhan
02/11/19 8:46:37 AM
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No, I was the bully. Get tough or get out, nerrrrds.

That was only in middle school, I eventually realized that what I did and said had negative consequences for others and so I turned that around in high school. I've always had thick skin, so I was like 50/50 blind/uncaring as to how I was perceived by others until someone got really mad and snapped back one day.
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AWinterJ
02/11/19 8:50:20 AM
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SirPikachu posted...
Were you bullied in Middle/High school?


I was bullied in primary school and secondary school a lot and said bullying also was part of my home life. Vandalism, name calling and theft on a daily bases to keep it short. Only the odd time did it ever become physical. Either from them attacking me or my family attacking them. It wasn't until the last few years of secondary school I started standing up for myself more. I used to just cry a lot. By standing up for myself I don't mean physical violence as I've always been against that unless ins elf defense from physical violence but I did enough to make said bullying calm down a bit more. Thankfully most of these scum bags are in prison, moved away or even deported in one case now. Karma is great like that it seems.
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ParanoidObsessive
02/11/19 8:51:35 AM
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Nichtcrawler X posted...
What is the difference between middle and high school? I thought they were the same thing in the US.

Depends on exactly where you go to school, but "elementary" is generally K-5 or K-6. "Secondary" includes both middle school (which is generally either 6-8 or 7-8), while "high school" is usually 9-12.

There can be other minor variations or quirks in certain areas where school systems might be run slightly differently (when I was growing up my school system started out as K-6/7-8/9-12 but then shifted to K-5/6-8/9-12 while I was still in elementary school - and after I graduated there was a point when they basically "split" our high school into 9-10 and 11-12 in separate buildings, though that later got collapsed back into 9-12). There isn't an overarching federally mandated standard that every school system has to adhere to.


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Kyuubi4269
02/11/19 8:59:36 AM
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Muscles posted...
Nope, though I was homeschooled after 4th grade

This explains a lot.
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AWinterJ
02/11/19 9:06:33 AM
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Kyuubi4269 posted...
Muscles posted...
Nope, though I was homeschooled after 4th grade

This explains a lot.

While I agree you never seem to actually answer the topic.
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PMarth2002
02/11/19 9:15:26 AM
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There were kids that liked to pick on me in middle and high school, but I never got beat up or anything. It was mostly small stuff. It got to me sometimes, but for the most part I just tried to avoid those kids.
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Kyuubi4269
02/11/19 9:18:36 AM
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AWinterJ posted...
Kyuubi4269 posted...
Muscles posted...
Nope, though I was homeschooled after 4th grade

This explains a lot.

While I agree you never seem to actually answer the topic.

I respond regularly, however in this particular topic I already answered the last time this was asked so this is more fun.
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AWinterJ
02/11/19 9:24:14 AM
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Kyuubi4269 posted...
I respond regularly, however in this particular topic I already answered the last time this was asked so this is more fun.


I see. Well in that case carry on then.
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EvilLink-XIII
02/11/19 9:44:13 AM
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keyblader1985
02/11/19 10:05:48 AM
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No, not really. Which is kind of strange since I was a geek back when it still wasn't popular to be. In 8th grade Pokemon was just starting to explode, and I and a bunch of friends collected and traded the cards (and started doing so in secret when the principal banned them). In high school it was the same with Yu-Gi-Oh, but they were never banned.

It may have been because everyone knew my big brother was popular and pretty tough, so nobody wanted to mess with me.
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lorekai
02/11/19 10:10:11 AM
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I was bullied a lot, there was only one instance of physical violence, they mostly preferred sexual assault or destroying my things. I told the school multiple times but they never did anything, and my parents didn't believe me at the time.
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Zangulus
02/11/19 10:14:09 AM
40
I was bullied until I kicked a couple of older kids in the balls in jr high. To be fair they were like 16 in 8th grade. Then I started bullying a bit.

My reputation proceeded me into high school. On Freshman Hell week I was helping the seniors harass and haze the other freshmen.

I lost interest shortly after that
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SunWuKung420
02/11/19 10:18:57 AM
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Just one, a verbal abuser. I ignored most of it but one time I got fed up and told him to fuck off. He stopped bothering me after that.
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Lil_Bit83
02/11/19 11:16:40 AM
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I was bullied in Elementary and Middle School. High School was a major relief because I barely got bullied at all.
Lil_Bit83
02/11/19 11:20:31 AM
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Nichtcrawler X posted...
What is the difference between middle and high school? I thought they were the same thing in the US.


Its an inbetween transition between Elementary and High School. 6th-8th grade.
Lil_Bit83
02/11/19 11:21:27 AM
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ParanoidObsessive posted...
"Other"

I was kind of bullied a bit in middle school, but I was also sort of the bully in a couple of cases in high school.

The real problem (at least in my case) was passivity. When I was quiet and conflict-avoidant is when I had the biggest target painted on me. When I basically snapped and started fighting back is when the bullies backed off, because bullies tend to prefer easy targets and I was starting to send off the vibe that if they pushed me too far I might murder them and dump their corpse in a ditch somewhere.

Of course, in the current climate, the attitude I developed that finally saved me would also be the thing that would get me expelled and branded a problem under zero tolerance bullshit, which is why I have very little respect for or belief in zero tolerance bullshit as a solution for anything.

Basically, I tend to feel like the educational system in the US needs dramatic sociological/psychological overhaul, and a "guidance counselor" infrastructure that actually accomplishes something rather than being see as a joke by 99.44% of students, but that would cost money and require effort, so it will never actually happen.



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The Top Crusader
02/11/19 12:28:35 PM
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StoneRevolver posted...
Was quiet and went to a private school, so that's a negative from me.


Yeah, I came out of my shell more as high school went on but middle school and early high school, I was super, super awkward and probably would've been bullied anywhere else but it was a private Christian school, and everyone was pretty much nice to me or ignored me at worst, lol, but I don't really even remember so much being ignored as I was just quiet so other quiet people probably didn't interact with me. I probably was slightly made fun of a handful of times, because I was pretty weird, but nothing that big of a deal that I can even remember.
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argonautweakend
02/11/19 12:31:07 PM
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Not so much in middle school, because one of my only friends at that time was a popular kid who would beat some ass if somebody fucked with me.

Then he moved before 9th grade, so in 9th grade I hated my life and was bullied in some ways.

Then in 10th-12th not really as then I got some new friends and people grew up a little. Then I started loving school and loving my life so yay
The Top Crusader
02/11/19 12:41:50 PM
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Oh, weird story. I never bullied anyone really, but one time senior year the principal called me out into the hallway and asked if I knew [random name I don't remember anymore], and I said either no, or I knew who he was but didn't think I'd had any interaction. And the principal basically said, "well this doesn't sound like you at all and your schedules don't mess up, but this kid in junior high (both MS and HS were same building) says you stabbed him with a pencil," so we went down to the class the kid was in, principal had him come out, asked him if it was me, and he said no, it must have been someone else.

...?

I still dunno what in the world was really going on there. Like I said in post before, small school and the principal knew me well enough that he didn't really believe it. But it was just really random.
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retro_9980
02/11/19 1:50:46 PM
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In middle school I was a lot, especially by ones a grade or two ahead of me in PE and at lunch. In high school not so much, except by a jock who was always making tight pants jokes even though my pants werent that tight (I just didnt have them sagging like most others did) and another who picked on all the smaller kids in a friendly way, but we were kinda friends at the same time.
SirPikachu
02/11/19 7:20:43 PM
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Zangulus posted...
I was bullied until I kicked a couple of older kids in the balls in jr high. To be fair they were like 16 in 8th grade. Then I started bullying a bit.

My reputation proceeded me into high school. On Freshman Hell week I was helping the seniors harass and haze the other freshmen.

I lost interest shortly after that

That was an actual thing for you? I thought the freshman hell thing was just a movie thing. I remember my older cousin saying it was a thing but I never heard about it in real life other than that. Also my high school had a separate campus for 9th grade for whatever reason, so maybe that's why it didn't happen there. But then I assume it would just happen to the 10th graders, but that didn't happen either.
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Roman Niucumir
02/11/19 11:36:39 PM
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Most of my experience came from the last few years of Elementary. There wasn't too much in Intermediate, and there was basically none in High School.
Umitencho
02/11/19 11:41:00 PM
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Elementary as well.
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