During elem. school and early middle school, I was subject to the same kind of catty BS with the social structures that start forming during those years, which some people now call bullying. I don't. Not that teasing and leaving people out and talking behind their backs is nice behavior, but IMO, it's normal for kids that age.
However, in 7th and 8th grade, I was targeted by a girl who was one of the "popular" girls and she and her friends absolutely tormented me for 2 years. My life was hell. No one took it seriously either, but I will tell you one thing--it changed the course of my life. I think things would have gone very differently (and better) for me had I not had to endure that nightmare. It still hurts to think about it today. I will never, ever in a million years allow my daughters to go through anything like that.
at 7:57 AM on Sep. 9, 2010