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  • Writer's pictureSimone Ellin

The Article That Launched my Movement!

Updated: Feb 27

The article, “I Tracked Down the Girls Who Bullied Me As A Kid: Here’s What They Had To Say” describes my efforts to confront my longstanding pain and resentment toward the girls who bullied and excluded me in middle school. For the past year, I have been interviewing these now middle-aged women about their own experiences with the social scene in our public schools during the 1970s.

To my amazement, the article really resonated with readers. I received 1.5 million views on Huff Post, and received hundreds of responses by email, on Facebook and Twitter. Apparently, I am not the only one still smarting from being shunned in middle school. The messages came from people all over the world, old and young, male and female. Everyone wanted to share their stories. Some suggested I turn my project into a book; others thought it would make a great documentary. It was very exciting, and I do plan to explore those possibilities. In the meantime, I’m hoping this blog can serve as a place where those still recovering from bullying and peer exclusion can share experiences and resources; and receive support for their journeys of healing.

My website is also a place where interested readers can read some of the work I have published on a whole range of topics in various publications over my career in journalism.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas.

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