Updated: Sep 10
Story By: Astitva Kaushik
When I was in 9th grade a trend had started amongst my classmates and friends - to slap me from behind or just slap me and laugh at my face. I found it very annoying. I was the shortest in the class so I guess that made them think of me as a punching bag or something.
I initially thought that it was a fun game for it was my friends who were doing it and it wouldn't happen every day but whenever it used to - I was left agitated wanting to slap them back.
Once when I had slapped a guy, it had left an imprint of my hand on his cheek. And that memory was scary enough to not make me slap back. Another reason was that I was the shortest in the group and that kind of bothered me. This had been going on for a year now.
Once a guy slapped really hard on my neck while I was talking to someone. I didn't say a word but I still remember the look that I gave him - although he was laughing with his friends, I know it scared him. Next day everyone was in the class. I was sitting on my bench when I saw him coming to me and I sensed that he was going to do the same thing as the group was laughing. I stared at him, looked him in the eye and I just said, "What happened" with a stern look. He didn't do anything and went back.
From that day onwards, no one ever tried to slap me. I won't say that I was bullied or abused but yes I was targeted. Just this one incident made me a more confident person. It made me realise how important it is to stand up against what makes you uncomfortable and most importantly it's important to stand up for your own self because mostly noone else is going to.