‘I WAS BULLIED FOR SPEAKING ENGLISH’
American actor Zoe Saldana (left), who moved to the Dominican Republic at the age of nine, after her father’s demise, was bullied in school for being an English speaker. This left her traumatised, reported Femalefirst.
“I didn’t know how to stand up for myself. I was never equipped, trained or taught to defend myself. My mother never raised me believing that I was different. So the moment me and my sisters started getting attacked, shock was the first reaction,” she says, adding, “Bullies can reach a depth within you that may cause irreparable damage. There were years that I felt ashamed of myself, thinking, ‘I should have known better’ I should have always stood up for myself.”