When I was in 8th grade there was this kid who i sat next to in my English class. He would always constantly touch me and it would happen every single day. I would feel sick to my stomach whenever he would touch me and I remember writing in my notebook saying that everything would be okay and he would eventually stop. However it just got worse. One day it got so bad, I walked out of that class crying not knowing what to do. I didn’t want to tell anybody because I thought that this would just lead to problems and stress me out more then I already was. I also helped out a lot in my school office and knew everybody. Looking back on it it was stupid I waited so long. When I walked out of the class crying that day my best friend at the time noticed how upset I was over this and how bad it got so be decided to tell for me. I had about 10 meeting with the school. I remember that we had an awful principal. When I talked with him he told me that it was basically my fault that this kid kept doing this to me because I never told him to stop. I actually believed it was my fault. The kid got suspended for 3 days. If you’re going through something like this please tell someone and get the help you need. I promise you everything will be okay and you are not a burden. I do not think the school handled my situation well. At all. Just nobody seemed to care and when the principal told me it was my fault this kid continued with his actions just crushed me to this day. Nobody should be told that.
— Lauren, age 14