I had never known anyone that suffered from bullying before. It seemed so unreal and I never thought it would happen, especially to somebody so close to me. I lived in a close knit community and almost everyone had known each other in some way. The situation itself hadn’t seemed like a big deal at the time, but as I’ve learned more, I’ve realized how it affected me and the people around me. The topic as a whole has been brought up a lot in today’s society, and the fact that a 13 year old girl had to deal with it first hand is unbelievable.
She was one of my best friends, and it hadn’t been a secret to the community that she had Muslim background. She was well liked and never had any trouble with anyone. It all began at lunch one day in 7th grade. My friends and I had been sitting at the same table the last 2 years, that table happened to be located right behind a table filled with the majority of the boys in our grade. Some of them I had known, and others I wasn’t as close with. They were always loud and would cause some kind of issues, but never took time to bother us, until this day. I heard them talking about Layla and began to listen. Then one of them said fairly loudly, ¨She’s a terrorist.¨. Chaos immediately strook, Layla began to cry and the boys were blaming one another over who said it. I remember my friend Sophia standing up and yelling at the boys for what they had done. Before this, there had been minor situations that had happened within the same group of boys, but this one made her reach her breaking point.
Lunch soon ended and no boys had taken responsibility for what had happened. Me, Layla, and a couple other friends went to see Mr.Connolly once lunch ended, and explained to him what had happened. He sent us to Mrs. Patten, hoping that she could handle the situation better. In the moment Layla was crying too much to explain herself, and we were all there to do it for her. Soon after, we had found out who said it, but he hadn’t suffered any consequences, not even detention. Afterwards I had heard that he hadn’t suffered any consequences because he was a member of the baseball team. I don’t know if this was entirely true, but if he had gotten into trouble he would've been suspended for the entire season.
Our family had known the Dalou’s since elementary school and they were an extremely nice family. Our parents would always talk and we spent a lot of time hanging out together. They were a trustworthy family and I remember always going to the beach with them, and spending so many weekends over at their house. My mom had later found out about what had happened and talked to Mrs. Dalou, Layla’s mom, about it. I remember when she first asked me about it, she was so shocked, and the situation itself had made her feel sick to her stomach.The situation was a surprise to everyone and everyone was sympathetic towards their family.