“I think the ground just shook.”
“Uh-oh. She’s causing another earthquake.”
“Why don’t you just do us all a favor and kill yourself?”
“No one wants you here, lardo.”
“Look at her stomach jiggle.”
“Thunder thighs.” Tears stung my eyes as I slowly walked to my locker with my head down. I hated this school so much. Everyone at school picked on me for no reason and there was never a day when I wasn’t being constantly taunted. I didn’t tell my family because things would only get worse. I continued walking to my locker with my head still bowed. When I got there I opened it and grabbed what I needed for class. Afterwards I walked to first period and sat down. Everyone else in my first period scrambled to their seats during the bell. The teacher walked in with a loud sigh that had escaped her lips.
“Everyone, take out the assignment I have you yesterday and turn it to the front, “ She simply states. Everyone did so. I got up like everyone else to turn my stuff in. When I walked up there I heard loud whispers and murmurs.
“Look at that ugly whale,” I heard some girl say.
"She’ll never get a man if she looks like that,” Her friend murmured as they looked at me. I kept my head down the whole time. I suddenly tripped over someone’s leg. The whole class burst into laughter. I tried reaching for my paper but someone else took it and ripped it in half.
"Why don’t you eat that, you pig?” The guy sneered. More laughter erupted. I felt tears coming to my eyes. I got up and ran out of the room crying. I headed straight for the bathroom. I found a stall and went inside. I sat on the toilet and cried. I decided to just stay there for the rest of the period. When the bell rang I headed back to class to grab my things. The teacher was at her desk writing down something. I gathered my things and headed for the door.
“Karma, close the door for me,” She said. I closed the door and headed towards her desk.
“Sit,” She pointed to the chair. I sat down and waited patiently. She stopped what she was doing and looked at me.
“I apologize for what Mr. Matthews did to you earlier. That was unacceptable and rude. As you know I do not tolerate something like that at all in my classroom. Right now as we speak the administrators are handling him for what he did,” She explained. I absorbed this information. She’s made it worse.
“Since the assignment I gave last night was destroyed by him I will let you have another chance to do it again along with today’s. I’ll put the notes up for you on eClass so you can be caught up with everyone else,” She said. I nod silently.
“I also want you to know that the next time they do something like this when I’m not looking or when I’m not here tell me right away or go straight to the counselor. That is a form of bullying and it’s not acceptable at this school. You are an intelligent, young lady who doesn’t deserve to be treated this way ,Karma,” She tells me. I nodded again. The bell rings for second.
“I’ll write you a pass for your next class so your teacher won’t give you a hard time for being late. Remember what I said, Karma,” She said. I nodded again.
“Thank you,” I softly mumbled.
“You’re welcome, Karma,” She murmured. She hands me the pass and I leave. I head to my second period which was German II. I walked in when my teacher got done explaining something. I handed him the pass. He hands me today’s assignment and I head to my seat that was the farthest in the back. I began working on the assignment while listening to Carmen by Lana Del Rey.
I managed to finish the assignment quickly and turned it in. He gave me my homework and I took it to my seat. I decided to get a head start on it. I finished doing my homework up until the bell rang. Everyone quickly got up and left. I took my time packing up my things. I left the classroom with my music still playing.
Later that day when I got home I saw my mom’s car in the driveway along with her husband of three months, Charles, car. I sighed and went inside. I closed and locked the door. I silently went upstairs to my room and closed the door behind me. I set my things down at my desk and then I got started on the rest of my homework. After that I started studying and reading the last few chapters of Macbeth for Literature. My door opened and my mom’s head peeked in.
“How was school?” She asked.
“It was good,” I lied with a fake smile.
“That’s nice to hear. Any boys approach you?” She asked.
“No,” I shook my head.
“Well, sweetie. Maybe if you lost a few pounds then maybe you’d get approached,” She said.
“Okay, mom,” I sighed.
“I’m just trying to help,” She says.
“I know, mom,” I murmured.
“Mom, if you’re done talking then please leave. I have some homework to do,” I explained.
“Oh. Sorry, Karma,” She tells me.
“It’s fine, “ I mumbled.
“I’ll leave you alone for now, “ She said before leaving my room. Once my door closed I breathed in deeply and put my head in my hands. I wiped my face and then sighed. I continued to study until it was time for dinner.