It might begin with something as simple as an insult. âYouâre fat.â
âYou canât do anything.â
âYou are ugly.ââš
âNobody likes you.ââš
The abuse might worsenâgetting ganged up on, being hit, being beaten up.
It might get even worseâmidnight texts that denigrate, insult, terrify. Emails that do the same. In a world of instant and constant communication, the end of the school day is no relief.
It all might sound like no big deal. After all, âkids will be kids,â right? They will grow out of it, right? They are just words, right?