I was a victim of an unpleasant female bully while studying for an Art and Graphic Design course at a local college. At the time that it occurred, I was unaware of the student’s motives, but still deal with anger about her cruel behaviour. Her hostility steadily increased, to the point where learning became untenable.
The bullying began on a day when we had been trained in using cameras for photography. I had checked through the viewfinder, and framed up some images. I was suddenly aware of her shouting, “Go away” in a loud voice, even though I hadn’t taken any photos. From that point, for reasons I have been unable to fathom, her passive hostility got worse.
She accused me of “creeping” around her, when I had attempted to make amicable conversation. On another occasion, when I professed that I needed more training in the use of computers, she interjected that I “should be shot”.
Later on, when we were working in the same room, she shouted, “Don’t touch my stuff”, even though I had no intention of interfering with her work.
On my final day at the college, I was called back to the art room, only to have her say, “Haven’t you gone yet?”
Unfortunately, for my own reasons, I decided not to pursue the Graphic course into the second year. She therefore evaded any kind of challenge on my part. In hindsight, I think she may have been in cahoots with another female student who was jealous of my work.
I would urge anyone experiences this type of behaviour to keep a written log, and not allow the bully to escape unpunished – if only for your own sense of self-worth.
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