Teasing for fun no laughing matter
It's not fair to tease people. It hurts them and lowers their confidence.
I was quite fat in my primary years and classmates always called me 'Fat Chicken'. It made me so depressed.
Even when I was in secondary school, classmates teased some girls because they were not good-looking.
I'm still very concerned about my weight due to my childhood experience. It's a long-term wound.
Parents and teachers should teach children to respect others. Don't hurt others for a laugh or a few seconds of entertainment. You may be ruining others' lives.
I agree with your suggestions, Cheeze. Bullies should be aware of how their behaviour can hurt people. As you experienced, being teased can have a lasting effect on a person's confidence.
But, if you are the victim of bullying, remember that bullies are the ones with the problem, not you. A bully will find something, anything, to tease people about.
If you see someone at school making fun of a classmate, don't laugh. Bullies love to feel powerful and if you join in on the joke, it will only encourage them.
Victoria, Assistant Editor