Bullied for earning my lunch in the school cafeteria by kids receiving FREE LUNCH.
I was in Jr. High in the early 90's and my mom asked me to work in the school cafeteria to save the family money. My parents made too much for us to qualify for free lunch assistance, but students who gave up half of their lunch period to pass out food also received free lunch in exchange. Many of the other student workers had severe special needs. Maybe the jobs were offered to them first? I'm honestly not sure.
I was constantly teased by classmates that used the logic that because I work in the cafeteria, that there "must be something wrong with me", followed by physical confrontations. I often ate in the cafeteria managers office just to avoid them. One day during my second year of service, she had left out the list of the students that received free lunch. I admit that it was wrong, but I snooped.
Low and behold, about half of the kids that habitualy picked on me were
on that list! I couldn't farking believe it! I could have outed them or individually threatened them into silence (all students paid with an account linked to their student ID, whether they paid cash or not). But, it was never my style to defend myself in any way and I didn't want to get "fired".
Please don't turn this into a beaten horse debate. My oldest just started qualifying for free lunch, so I take it. I was a SAHM for six years and just left my abusive husband who always paid the all of our bills. I'm just happy that there is so much bullying awareness and prevention programs out there these days. I can't help but selfishly think that it would've been nice to have 20 yrs ago.