Step Up and Be a Friend

June 27th, 2012 | Posted by Jessica in Your Voices - (0 Comments)

Jessica Jumper is 25 years old and lives in Texas.  Here is her story:

Hi, My name is Jessica Jumper.
I have been bullied all the way through high school. I got teased and picked on. I even had a threat made at me. I have had many surgeries due to my special needs. In the 5th grade, I got into fight because no one took care of it [being bullying].
I want to tell anybody that if you see someone being bullied, step up be a friend. It is not fun to be picked on. I have Chromosome 18 disorder. It means one of of the Chromosomes of my arm is missing from the 18th Chromosome. I do have special need and while I look different from everybody else, it doesn’t mean [that it's okay] to pick on people that look or talk funny.

On what to do if you’re being bullied:

[If you are being bullied by someone else], I would say find an adult a teacher, parent, or someone you can trust and someone you know will help you. If [you don't want to do that], try to talk to the person bullying you. Maybe that person could have been bullied too. I have done that before and it has sometimes helped.
Just be strong and don’t bully anyone. People don’t realize that [the pain that comes with] name calling does last more then bones getting broke or physical pain.
Glad to help someone.

Jessica Jumper

To learn more about Chromosome 18, click here.

Jess, thank you so much for sharing both your story and your advice!