Posted by John Naples-Campbell on 19th October 2010
I am fully aware that in recent months my postings on here have gone off the ‘drama’ train but I feel this is an eduactional blog and my posts are still relevent to educating people.
I have been moved by the press coverage of the number of teenagers taking their own life recently because of bullying due to their sexuality or assumed sexuality. I was to take this time to say something.
When I started secondary school I found my love for Drama, but because of my like for Drama and Dance I found myself an easy target for bullying. I was called ‘gay’, ‘poof’, ‘arse bandit’ everyday of my school life for 5 years. During the height of the bullying my mum took me out of school as the school didn’t do anything, I went back and the bullying continued. At this precise time of my school career I didn’t even know if I was gay or not so this bullying was because the bullies ‘assumed’ I was gay. In S5 my family found me deeply upset and I had done something stupid – this became a turning point in my life.
I want to tell everyone out there who is suffering any form of bullying at this moment across the world that it does get better, it honestly does. It may seem at this moment that there is nothing no one can say or do to change anything but I promise you there is a world out there full of acceptance and love. When you leave school you never have to see your bullies again, you can become who you want to me. Know that you are loved by your family and your friends and you are not alone. Before you do anything – talk to someone, there is so much to look forward to, and I look forward to sharing this crazy world with you. Look at me… I have a wonderful family who support me, a niece who makes me thank whoever I am here to see her grow, laugh and tell me about Nursery, I have wonderful friends who make me laugh and cry, a job I love so much and the creative energy to make theatre. It’s all there for you too. Just give it time and talk to someone, anyone.
I promise it get’s so much better.