I was bullied in high school but I got the courage to Stand Up Tall and I am better then ever! The Story: Hello, my name is Jeff Pudlinski. I am 27 years old, I live in Litchfield CT and I went to Litchfield High School. This is a true story, my story on how I was bullied in school and what I have done so far to succeed in my life. Well, lets start at the beginning. It all started in 9th grade to Senior Year of High School. 9th grade was just the start to a hellish 4 years of school. The bullying all started on the school bus and didn't stop until 2:15 pm at the end of the day. Every day, I would walk in to school with my head held high and said hi to all the girls If they said hi back that made my day. Most of them did. They told me when I said hi to them that it made their day. Every day I would say this to all the girls until the end of Senior Year. I was just happy that I was recognized by them as a kind uplifting kid. 10 grade came along and I thought the worst was behind me. I was by far wrong. At lunch one day, I was told to go and sit in the corner of the room so another kid could sit in my seat. I couldn't keep back the years anymore. I started to tear, and that's when my big sis came and told me to sit with them on the benches. She saved me from them that day. She was there for most of the time when the bullies got to me, but when she graduated that year I was on my own. I knew what I had to do. And I did just that. I would walk in school every day, with my head held high full of confidence and a ton of respect. I though the wrist was behind me but I was again wrong. 11 grade was the worst of all. One day it all came crashing down. I was bullied by not just one kid but by at least 20 or more kids. I guess they thought it was easier to bully with them so they did not get picked on. Well when the day ended I went home and cried myself to sleep, or I would tell my mom I was going golfing with friends. I did golf but not with friends as I did not have many. I would also go and see the sunsets set behind the hills. 12th grade was finally here and it was as tough as 11th grade. Mid way through the school year, I had another problem with bullies. This time it wasn't the kids it was actually some of the teachers in the learning center. I was sitting doing some work one day and some of the kids who bullied me were also in the learning center talking up a storm. I eyed one of the teachers and they told me to get back to work which I was already doing. When they talked again loud I eyed the Same teacher and she told me enough was enough. Instead of yelling at the kids who were talking to told me to go and sit and a small cubby holder. The bullies got off clean again. At this point I thought to myself, why am I here? Why live?? No one knew what was going on. Not even my family. I slept it off that night and I got up the next morning and told myself it was going to be a good day. I had most inspirational person keeping me afloat. This person is my grandfather. He was part of the 148th eng battilion co. He built the Rhine bridge over the Rhine river. Every day I would think of him everyday of school and I would walk in with my head held high, walking the hallways with a lot of confidence, respect and a lot of pride!! School was not all bad, I did though have some good times. I made the golf team and won the principal sportsmanship of the year award. That made all the years being bullied and never giving up hope worth it all. Look at me know, I am an Eagle Scout, an award winning photographer with 70 or so awards under my belt so far. I own my own business in photography called litchfield photography scenes. I'm on Instagram Flickr and on FB. I am also a really good amateur golfer trying one day to try out for the PGA Tour. As it has been a dream since I was a little kid. And the most important part of my life is that I overcame all the bullying in HS and I came out ontop!The Video: http://youtu.be/4j58lT7Kzao
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