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March 21, 2013 | North America: North Carolina

Letter to a Bully

By Kristine Hughes

Special Olympics NC athlete Krisine Hughes of Raleigh soars above those that name call just as she did in the long jump at the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games.

Bully, let me ask you this question. Why do you tease and use the word retard towards me? Am I not the same as you? You have a heart, so do I. You have two arms and two legs, well so do I. Is it because I’m slow, look different, sometimes say silly things or don’t understand something? Have you never had an instance where you too looked different or didn’t understand as quickly as others? So how am I really any different from you? Do you know the real meaning of the word retard? Here is the definition according to To make slow; delay the development or progress of (an action, process, etc.); hinder or impede. Is that what you mean when you call me or others that word? I don’t think it is. I think you say it to hurt me and make me feel less than you when in actuality we are all more alike than different. Read more about my story at the link below

About Kristine Hughes: I've been participating in Special Olympics for 10 years! It's helped me believe in myself and stand up to bullies. I'm a Global Messenger, SO official and SO coach in several sports.

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