How does the saying ‘sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me’ make you feel?
I was about five, reporting being bullied, when I first heard it.
Two adults who should have known better were the ones who said them.
One was a teacher, the first in a long line who went on to say ‘just keep away from the bullies and they’ll keep away from you’ and went off to have tea in the staff-room. Obviously, that’s exactly what bullies do, isn’t it? They would never think of pursuing you. Of course not. What she meant (I hope) was ‘don’t show them that they are getting to you.’ What I heard was ‘don’t bother me with your problems. I don’t care about you.’
The other was an adult family member, who followed it up with ‘you just have to put up with it, it…
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