By: Ishan Bhuiyan, 7th Grade
In life, you have to work hard to get the things that you want, like how I am working hard right now in school to get into a really good high school and I am trying to get my very first high honor roll on the first trimester. Most students just get jumped in the corner store while some girls/boys are just laughing like they're in the circus which means they are bystanders. We see some LGBTQ people being roasted every day yet nobody cares because they think it's not their business and they are not doing anything to stop that person. But the real point is that if someone besides your family is hurting you, you have to tell them to stop because there is nobody powerful enough (not even the President) to rip your reputation and pride off of you since it is a birthright we all have no matter what we are.
Whenever there is someone who is taking advantage of you or is hurting you in an hurtful way, you have to stand up for yourself because people might not help you since they do not know how you feel. I remember during 5th grade some people kept calling this girl fat and I thought in my mind; 'How would you like it if someone called you fat (one of them was fat)?'
But the girl who was being roasted started laughing. It felt weird to me but some people act like they are tough on the outside but on the inside, that girl probably felt like she was not welcomed. She might have felt bad about how she looked, but even after she was made fun of all she said was "Hush," and that has no impact on bullies.
She did not have any courage to speak up to them but if she stood up for herself she would probably have been saved from those cursed and painful words. Therefore, if someone tries to pick on you, you should tell them to stop. You need to show your way of teaching them a lesson to not to mess with your pride and reputation.
Whenever there is someone who is taking advantage of you or is hurting you in a mean way you have to stand up for yourself because people might not help you since they do not know how you feel. In our school, we do not see many LGBTQ people but the ones that attend our school are made fun and they have an upsetting backstory to them. Also before the quarantine, I played with an LGBTQ boy outside the school who said in his description of himself; "I am proud to be gay."¨ This inspired me because he shared something that many people heavily oppress in public.
Then I met another boy who was in this school and an LGBTQ member. He said people did not like him and he was always rejected. He also said that he felt like people used him which showed that not even inside schools are students safe. One thing I did notice was that he loved staying with his friends and people are not human if they do not have friends but once he also told me that he cried telling the teacher that nobody wanted to sit next to him in class so I told him just come to our class but he said people just make bad jokes about him. He still tries to make best friends with people and he stands up to those who despise him, but people still do it. Therefore, teach people in any way no matter what to respect you because they don’t have a single ounce of power to strip you of your identity.
In conclusion, the message of my testimony is that you have to stand up and speak your mind so that people do not take advantage of your privileges. Some people don't talk a lot, which is why whenever something important is needed we never get it because of the cowardly fog that is covering us. If someone is making fun of us people might not actually stop it from happening (a teacher would I know), since they do not want to get caught up in someone else's problem. That's when you have to tell them to back off because if you don’t, you could lose your pride or your self-esteem in front of some bullies. Therefore, this explains why I created a testimonial message that you should stand up for yourself and speak your peace of mind.