The Bully Project

The Bully Project

Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year. More than 160,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying. Even our own Social Studies teacher Mrs.Hurtado, was bullied throughout Middle School. We decided to interview and find more about her bulling experience.

Q&A with Mrs.Hurtado:

Q: In what grade did the bullying start?

A: It started in 7th grade.

Q: What was the main reason you were bullied?

A: The main reason was my hair. I had really curly frizzy hair, like an afro. My mom didn’t like for us to wear gel and other products ┬áin our hair. So I would go to school with an afro or a very thick braid.

Q:Did the bullying ever stop, and why?

A: It stopped in high school because I stood up to my mom and told her that I needed to cut my hair and wear gel.

Q: Did you ever confront the bully about it?

A: No…

Q: How did the bully affect you and your emotional state?

A: I was very insecure about myself and I became a tomboy. I started to not care about my appearance, so I would wear baggy clothes and I wore nothing that would attract any attention to myself.

Q: What forms did the bully take?

A: They would rap songs about my afro and because I rode the bus to school and back kids would stick gum in my hair.

Q:What advice do have for kids being bullied?

A: To seek for help and to stand up for yourself. Don’t be scared about being called a snitch. We need to know how to love ourselves.

Bullying is a serious matter and should not be kept in silence.