Is it normal to be bullied for being different?

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Anonymous
March 27th, 2015 12:28am
I believe that is very common, but I don't think it's right. No one should get bullied. We should respect ourselves.
Dreeger
June 17th, 2015 7:19pm
No, it is not. People who get bullied are often people who are different from the rest. Being different is beautiful and refreshing, not something that should be punished.
Anonymous
February 25th, 2015 7:46pm
I think that Bulliyng is something wrong. We shouldn't be bullied for being different. Being different means that somehow you are unique and special and no one should bully you for that. You are just being yourself :)
Brittneym101
July 14th, 2015 12:06pm
I feel like it is normal to be bullied for being different, but that doesn't make it right though. I'm telling you this as a victim of bullying, I've been bullied my whole life and it's not an easy thing to go through. People bullied me for the smallest things, like not having a lot of pretty clothes, wearing glasses(which I no longer wear) having a birth injury that's very noticeable, but it never stopped me from being myself. Always be true to who you are.
Anonymous
May 11th, 2015 7:53pm
Unfortunately it is. The media has hyped up so many different issues in the recent years that too many people feel as though it's okay to bully others for being different. If you think you're different from others, use it to your advantage. It's what makes you a unique person!
greenberyl
September 1st, 2015 2:37pm
I think that only different people have ever been bullied before. Sorry. But in that sense, being bullied can be seen as a rite of passage. The most brilliant and successful people in the world have all been bullied: Elon Musk, Bill Gates, etc. for being different. Different isn't a bad thing, and the teens you're probably spending your time with these days are all the same. But they're not going anywhere in life, because they're a dime a dozen. You'll grow up and find that people will embrace your differentness. Trust me.
Loulabelle
February 25th, 2015 1:06pm
No matter what people say, stereotyping is a huge part of life. All i can say is, if your strong enough to believe in yourself then you can stand out from the crowd and wont care what others say. I feel sorry for bullies as they're the same as everyone else...and let face it...that pretty boring!
Anonymous
June 1st, 2015 12:52am
nope, that is totally not normal. both of us, every single person in this world is different and that is unique and i think unique is good.
Anonymous
December 15th, 2015 8:05pm
No it is not normal to be bullied for being different.Because not everyone are the same.We are different and we need to learn how get along with eachother.
dalya123
December 29th, 2015 8:59am
Yes, absolutely it is normal to be bullied for being diffrenet even I got bullied for being diffrenet
Baileybug
August 29th, 2016 1:05am
Yes is it, even thought it is really sad. This kind of stuff happens because people are scared of what they don't understand, or what is different. So most of them try to get that person to feel bad for who they are.
Espirit203
October 3rd, 2016 10:52am
It is normal to be bullied as you are different , this is definetly not okay though. Society is moving away from their standards though so bullying for being different will be a thing of the past
blissfulSky35
July 13th, 2015 3:46pm
Many individual's get bullied because the bully is jealous that they cannot be open with how they feel.
Raeesah
August 18th, 2015 2:34pm
Yes its completely normal, when people see something that they don't recognise their first instinct is to judge or insult it. Just because you're diffirent doesn't mean you deserve to be bullied it just means that people don't understand you and that's why they feel the need to change you, but you are strong, unique and beautiful don't let anybody take that away from you xX
warmSunshine98
December 15th, 2015 12:28am
No its not normal to be bullied because you are different . Some of our worst experiences as kids, gave us thick skins as we grow to deal with many problems in a adult world. Wounds heals but vivid memories rarely fade.
Anonymous
April 5th, 2016 4:38am
Sadly it is one hundred percent normal to be bullied for being different. Most bullies try to put someone down to make them feel better about them selves
Huggies
April 8th, 2016 6:26pm
No, it's not normal to be bullied by being different. People should respect their differences. We are all different and we should accept it. Being different is just being perfect.
BetterTogether101
October 2nd, 2017 1:27am
Unfortunately it is not uncommon to be bullied for being different especially at young ages---that does not mean it should be normal and accepted though. Every person deserves to be treated with dignity and respect and being different is what makes you who you are so you should never let others convince you that what makes you special is reason to be picked on
Leenient
January 2nd, 2018 6:59am
Even IF it's 'normal', it doesn't make it okay. No one deserves to be bullied for being different. It's not okay. We are our own unique selves and there's nothing wrong with that.
elishevacares
June 25th, 2018 8:44am
No, it is not. Everyone deserves to be treated respectfully and to be loved. Please read our Self-Help Guides on bullying if you feel that you are facing bullying.
Anonymous
January 29th, 2019 10:01pm
Yes, it is. It has been that way since the beginning of time, and unfortunately, that's why some people succumb to society's expectations instead of being themselves. Bullying is a broad subject and could be happening for numerous reasons. However, if you're being bullied for being different, they're probably just envious of your unique traits and are projecting their envy onto you instead of being the bigger person. Therefore, the best way to handle this situation is to simply love the unique traits that set you apart from everyone else and don't let them get to you. Best of luck!
UniqueLife
April 12th, 2016 2:55pm
No, it is not normal. But, despite that, it happens almost every single time a different kind of person shows up in a community. In my opinion, I think this happens because humans naturally don't like changes. The easiest way to deal with something new is to compare it to what they're used to, which usually results in bullying
ingeniousSpace44
June 7th, 2016 6:14am
Yes it is normal. However that does not make it right, nor should we condone it. Bullying, while common is not necessary
heartfulSmiles35
July 12th, 2016 12:54am
No, it is not! Difference is what makes us ourselves. One should be proud for being themselves, and no one has the right to take that away!
Anonymous
August 15th, 2016 3:37am
It can be normal in society. But honestly everyone can be bullied. It's your choice to ignore it though. Don't forget that.
musicismysanity
June 6th, 2017 4:04am
I am afraid it is. People who have insecurities or differences of their own tend to pick on other people to make themselves feel better.
Anonymous
April 16th, 2018 4:53am
It is normal to be bullied for being different because the bully doesn't understand about diversity and people with different strengths and capabilities too and so they tend to pick on people in different gender,community they came before they arrive here but if it becomes an issue the sooner you resolve it the sooner you have the urge that you've been held back less a huge concern.