Please Stop Laughing at Me
By: Lauren Valentine
Jodee Blanco is an everyday, common girl. She is well liked by everyone. At her current elementary school, there is a program for blind and deaf students. She feels like she needs to volunteer and help out. She loves spending time with them. But her friends don’t think that is as cool as Jodee does. She is constantly teased and put down. Jodee decides to get a fresh start and transfer schools.
At Jodee’s new school, she gets along with everyone there. But at a party with her best friend Callie and the rest of her classmates, she confesses to Callie’s parents about the inappropriate things they are doing. Once again, everyone hates her.Jodee goes through never ending cycles of friends and enemies. She is hated at every new school she goes to. The bullying gets so out of hand that she writes poems about hurting everyone who was mean to her. She never wants to go anywhere, especially school. Jodee says, “I wake up in the morning with a gnawing anxiety,” (Blanco 188). Jodee has to find a way to stay strong through the rough times, and stand up for what is right.
Jodee has brown curly hair and a condition that makes one breast significantly smaller than the other. She always feels obliged to do the right thing. She says, “I think of other outcasts, like Noreen, who don’t have that kind of support. I wish I could help them,” (Blanco 212). Jodee is often made fun of not for her appearance, but also for her use of broad vocabulary. Other students and even teachers think she is a teacher’s pet for raising her hand during class. She is an only child, so she can't rely on her siblings for help. Her parents are very supportive but can’t fully understand her daily struggles.
-Only 36% of students who were bullied reported it
-1 out of every 5 students admit they have bullied someone
-4 out of 5 times, a verbal fight will turn into a physical one
Jodee Blanco is interviewed on bullying
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