Thank you, CWS, for your kind and encouraging words.
But please do not feel bad for me. I didn't mention my being bullied for that. And to be honest, even though I did call people who were bullied "victims" and I admit I did feel victimized when it was happening, I do not feel like I am or really ever was one. All of the teasing, trickery, physical and emotional damage that was done has made me both a stronger person and a more caring person.
I love what Alix said about watching the bullying video with a group of young people and her comments about the bully's side of the coin.
CWS, you may feel you committed some bullying behaviour, but I don't think your intent was to hurt anyone. It was "what was done". And while that doesn't excuse it, our generations grew out of it and moved on. The fact that you are FB friends with some of those you taunted shows that.
I know that Alix's point of starting this thread was not to cause controversy or to bring out the "victims and perpetrators" here at DC. It was merely to bring attention to a very tough subject and I thank you, Alix, for that.
I mentioned my story because bullying is real for me as it is for many. And while I wouldn't wish my story (which I haven't totally told) on anyone, I believe that I am the person I am today because of my past - "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger" to quote Kelly Clarkson and others.
I just wish people like Amanda Todd could have gotten stronger.