A local student opens up about her experience being bullied

One in five students in the United States between the ages of 12 and 18 have been bullied during the school year, according DoSomething.org.

While trying to navigate the slings and arrows of education, puberty and building the foundations for higher education, many students are also facing debilitating hostility at the one place they should be safe. A lot of people don’t like to reflect on those memories of being bullied, and most try to shut out those horrible experiences.

Autumn Taylor, a sophomore at the University of Houston-Victoria opened up about her encounters with bullies growing up.

“This girl decided to bully me in front of everybody in the P.E. room and I looked around and no one really did stand up to help me. She grabbed my shoulders and started kneeing me in the stomach”.

Taylor said, she was bullied from daycare through her senior year in high school, but in one incident she decided to stand up for herself.

“I gave myself a pep talk before I talked to her. I was like I don’t know why you’re bullying me, but I’m not going to accept it, and if you can not find love inside your home that does not mean you need to take it out on the rest of us” said Taylor.

Dosomething.org states that students are less likely to report bullying as they get older. Only 39% of high schoolers notified an adult of bullying. Michael Wilkinson, Director of Student Service and Judicial Affairs at UHV, explained how to identify signs that a student is being bullied.

“They change their habits, they change their behaviors, so that’s one of the things that I recognize in my role is just changed behavior and changed habits,” said Michael Wilkinson, UHV Director of Student Service and Judicial Affairs.

In part of two of this story, Taylor talks about how she coped with being bullied, and we’ll provide resources to help stop bullying. Tune into the 5,6,9, and 10 pm news for Part I tonight and Part II tomorrow night.