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Bullied from Reception to Year 10 – Fatima’s school years

Bullied from Reception to Year 10 - Fatima's school years


Reported by Fatima

Published on Friday, March 4th, 2022

Bullying Education Equality
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Bullied from Reception to Year 10 – Fatima’s school years

Bullied from Reception to Year 10 - Fatima's school years


Written by Fatima

Published on Friday, March 4th, 2022

Bullying

Education

Equality

I was bullied at both my primary and secondary schools. It all started in Reception and didn’t end until Year 10. Not long after my first day at Argyle primary school a girl in my class named Tanisha took a dislike to me. She didn’t call me names or hit me but she did everything she could stop other people from talking to me. And if I was ever sat near her she would tell me to move away.

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Tanisha bullied Fatima from Reception to Year 6.

I couldn’t understand it. I hadn’t done anything wrong so I didn’t know why she felt she had the right to be nasty to me. Maybe it was because I was shy and quiet. I don’t know.

I felt all alone with my problem because no one seemed able to help me with it. My friends were too scared of Tanisha to tell her stop and even the teachers couldn’t stop her. They said they’d talk to her but they didn’t take no actions and nothing got done. And I didn’t tell my parents because I knew they’d just ask me tonnes of questions.

I remember she once said: I’m going to make sure nobody in the class talks to you or sits next to you.

When I started at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson school I thought I’d left the bullying behind me and was starting afresh. Sadly, another girl, named Shantelle, bullied me there too. Funnily enough, she behaved in a similar way to Tanisha, doing everything she could to isolate me. I remember she once said: “I’m going to make sure nobody in the class talks to you or sits next to you.”

In the end though, I got her kicked out. I’d been telling my teachers for years that Shantelle was bullying me and she was given lots of warnings, but she just wouldn’t stop it. In Year 10 my form tutor drew a line in the sand and had her expelled.

girl thinking
Fatima rarely ever thinks about the girls who bullied her now.

I don’t know what happened to either of Tanisha or Shantelle and I don’t think about them. The good thing about all of this is that I although I was bullied almost every year I was in school, it doesn’t affect me now. It’s all in the past.

NOTE: the names in the story have been changed to protect people’s identities.

Written by Fatima


My name is Fatima Begum My background is Bangladeshi, but I was born in the United Kingdom. I have been taking part in the Camden Disability Action Leadership programme since June 2020. When the first lockdown started and I could see how isolated people were, I decided my Leadership project would be about helping Disabled people to connect with others on Zoom. I can speak for myself; I didn't know anything about Zoom until a CDA member of staff explained it to me. It opened my eyes to the possibility of connecting with my support network online and made the lockdowns more bearable for me. Talking to people online has also helped my confidence. I honestly feel proud of myself that I was able to learn something new during that first lockdown. I feel like I have more support now because of everything online. And I can’t believe that people are starting to get involved in my project now and learn how to use Zoom on different equipment. I’m hoping to get a job when all this ends and now that I can use a laptop better that has really helped me. I have taken part in community journalism training and I have learnt how to record voice notes, which I had not done before. I have also gained confidence in talking about things that matter to me and I love sharing my stories on the website.

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