My name is Vereena and today is August 14, 2009, the first day of school in Palmdale, California. I am going into 9th grade today and I am a little nervous because I recently just moved here to California from Miami, Florida. I don’t know anybody from this new school and I am a very shy person that is very antisocial and I don’t really know how to talk to people and make friends. Palmdale High School sounds like its a good school, my mom told me to just be myself and I’ll make friends easier because they’ll see who I really am on our first day meeting.
My mom just recently got a new job in Palmdale and she doesn’t want to be late on her first day of work. She ordered me a Uber so that I could get to school. Before I went into the Uber she gave me my lunch and she made me take a bunch of pictures because she’s the typical extra Hispanic mother. After all of our pictures and her getting emotional, I hugged her goodbye and got into the Uber and headed to school.
When we pulled up to the school I hesitated to get out of the Uber but I forced myself out because I didn’t want to hold up the Uber driver. I walked into the school slowly because I was extremely scared. I walked into the office and collected my schedule and headed to my homeroom. Once I walked in there were people that had friends and just stared at me because I came in alone. I sat all the way in the back because nobody was there and I didn’t have anyone to talk to. In the back there were two girls that came up to me after 15 minutes of homeroom. I thought they came up to me to become my friends or talk to me in a nice way to make me feel welcomed, but instead they began to laugh at me and bully me telling me that I have no friends and they told me to go back to where I came from because they'd never seen me in Palmdale. I stayed quiet and alone after they left. I wanted to cry and scream so bad but I held it in and just put my head down. The rest of the school day they continued to follow me and bully me continuously. I tried to ignore them but they also mentioned things that got into my head like “You don’t belong here if you have no friends”, “Why did you even come here”, and “You look depressed, but you deserve it”. It’s only the first day of school and I already want to go back to Miami and cry onto my friends shoulders.
In lunch I didn’t know where to go so I just went out to the patio of the school to eat my lunch. The two girls still followed me even though I tried to hide away from them, as they both came they came with others which I’m pretty sure were their friends. They sat down and just stared and laughed at me. They kept commenting on how good my food looks and that next time I have to bring them my food every time for lunch or they’ll take it from me. After school, I felt so down, so I didn’t want to be in Uber so that they’ll ask me what happened, instead of ordering a Uber I just walked home because I just wanted to think about what I’ll tell my mom about how the first day of school went, but I didn’t want to tell her that I got bullied so I have to think about what I have to tell her to make it look like I had a good first day of school.
I walked in the house and my mom was already making dinner. I didn’t want her to see me so I tried to be quick, but she spotted me once I closed the door. During dinner my mom asked me how my day was and I told her that it was good and lied that I made two friends even though they were my bullies.
It’s the next morning and I really don’t feel like going to school today. When I walked in I tried my best to put things in my locker really quick because I didn’t want my bullies to find out that I am here. I head myself to homeroom and hide myself in the back with my hoodie on so that they wouldn’t notice me. Once everybody got into homeroom the teacher took attendance I found out that my two bullies were here but they were sent to the office and they said that they got in big trouble. After the teacher called my name, she also had to send me to the office. I walked into the office and the principal was there waiting for me and she stood there with my two bullies and one boy that I didn’t know. The first thing she said to me was “Vereena could you please thank Daniel for telling me about Priscilla and Desiree”. I didn’t know who Daniel was but I thanked him anyway because he somewhat saved my life, he told how he'd seen me get bullied in lunch and how they stole my food and threatened me. The principal said, “How come you never came to me to tell me that you were bullied, when you know this school has no tolerance of bullying!” I told her “I’m new and I thought they were going to stop”.
After that Priscilla and Desiree started to cry and then the principal asked them why they started crying. Priscilla answered while crying saying “We really just wanted to become her friend, we bullied her because we wanted to see if we could trust in not telling anybody that we bullied her, and we seen that she didn’t tell anybody, Daniel was the person that told you”. The principal suspended them but I felt bad because they actually wanted to become my friends. I seen them crying and went to talk to them. I said “I noticed that you guys were just trying to see how trustworthy I can be to become my friends, but I don’t think pretending to bully was a good idea. We can see how it goes for us in becoming friends after you guys get back from the suspension”. They both smiled and hugged, and Daniel called me over. “Hey, I want to thank you again for what you did” I said. “Your welcome, you deserved it because you seem so sweet and kind and I can tell you came in new and meant for no harm”. He asked me if we could be friends and I immediately told him yes, after all he did I know that he should become my friend because he could be someone I can trust.
Three days after, Priscilla and Desiree came back to school from their suspension and ran up to me and Daniel with so much joy and hugged me and Daniel. We spent the whole day together and I explained how my life was in Miami. I noticed that Priscilla and Desiree really did just want to become my friends. They defended me, I defended them, They defended Daniel, I defended Daniel, and we defended each other. I’m glad I found good friends and I’m glad I fit in too.