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Alisha Balsor shares how she began to cope with bullying in an essay she recently wrote
By Nancy Kelly
What began as an English assignment turned into a lesson about standing up to bullies for a Berwick student.
Alisha Balsor, a senior at West Kings High School, recently penned an essay about her experiences of being bullied.
“I was bullied from Grade 7 to 11,” said Balsor. She described taunting that included being yelled at in the hallways at school and having strangers and acquaintances calling her home and lashing out at her on social media sites.
Balsor attributes much of the behaviour to the fact that she is a “very shy person,” she said.
“I let people walk all over me, I never pushed back.”
The bullying and constantly being made fun of, which left Balsor depressed, was addressed when she attended counselling sessions sponsored by her mother’s employee assistance program.
“I realized things about myself and was able to start standing up for myself.”
Another turning point came in September of this year, when Balsor got a copy of the Nova Scotia government publication Bullying and Cyber Bullying: What You Need to Know.
I want everyone that is going through the same thing I did to know there is something that can be done. Keep trying and believing in yourself. Don’t lose that strand of hope and never give up. An excerpt from Alisha Balsor’s essay on bullying.
“Despite what I had been told, I learned there are ways for schools and police to deal with bullying. It’s in the booklet,” Balsor said.
Things have improved for Balsor, whose first-hand experiences of being teased and being told by her peers she wasn’t good enough for many years prompted her to volunteer with West Kings’ Learning Centre. For one school period a day, she helps students who have learning disabilities.
“I would see some of them scared to be in the hallways or cafeteria at school and I understood their fear. I wanted them to know there are people who care.”