Childhood bullying can be one of the most traumatic events of a person’s life. In too many cases, cruel classmates cause intense emotional or physical suffering in their targets, who have done nothing to deserve their hatred or attacks.
For 13-year-old Tayla, the merciless school bullies that taunted her every day at Dysart State School in Queensland, Australia, were enough to drive her to attempt suicide. When the torment persisted and the school did nothing to help, Tayla took matters into her own hands the only way she could.
Tayla was 13 when the bullying at Dysart State School began. The girl was regularly insulted, told that she should kill herself, beaten, and her money was stolen.
Believing at one point that her tormenters wanted to be her friends, she gave them her phone number when they asked for it. Sadly, this opened the floodgates to cyberbullying texts. Tayla did not want to go to school anymore.
The bullies were beating Tayla’s spirit down so far that she began drawing pictures of her misery. She illustrated her tormenters; she illustrated her pain. Tayla’s mother Kali was desperate for help, but the school offered none. School officials told Kali that Tayla was “weird” and that she brought a lot of the teasing on herself. She was put in isolation while the other children took recess as a way to fix the problem. Tayla felt more alone than ever.
At her wit’s end, Tayla began an online petition begging the public to help her get the government to intervene. She got over 10,000 signatures and a great deal of moral support from the strangers who signed the petition.
The petition only made things worse for Tayla at school after the bullies found out what she’d done. When her suffering became too immense to handle, Tayla tried to kill herself. Luckily, she didn’t succeed. Finally, child protective services stepped in. They felt that Tayla’s bullying was so severe it was best that she and her family leave town.
Immediately, Tayla packed up and moved away from Dysart State School. Finally, she could see the light at the end of the tunnel and there would be an end to her suffering. She was ready to put the whole awful experience behind her, but it will take a long time for those emotional wounds to heal.