Girl hurts friend with ter­ri­ble lie

The Commercial Appeal - - Sunday Break -

The girl I’ve been call­ing my best friend for years has just done the worst pos­si­ble thing. She made up a story about me that was hor­ri­ble and then told it to every­body in our grade. We are in mid­dle school. I am so up­set. My mother told me to get over it, but how do I do that? I have to go to school with all these kids who now think I am a ter­ri­ble person. I tried to talk to my friend about it, but now all of a sud­den she doesn’t want to talk to me. I know my mom reads your col­umn, so I was won­der­ing what you think I should do?

When your friends choose to hurt you, it can be dev­as­tat­ing. To lie about you with the in­ten­tion of turn­ing peo­ple against you is cruel. You should go to your teacher and prin­ci­pal to re­port what you be­lieve your friend did. Be as pre­cise as pos­si­ble and bring any backup in­for­ma­tion that can prove what you are sug­gest­ing she did. If you have emails or so­cial me­dia post­ings that point to the story, bring those. If other stu­dents have told you that your friend shared the lie with them, give their names to the teacher and prin­ci­pal. As scary as it may seem to re­port this be­hav­ior, it is im­por­tant. Peo­ple should not get away with slan­der­ing some­one’s name. This is a form of bul­ly­ing.

It is time to make new friends. I know that isn’t easy, es­pe­cially when you are feel­ing sad and hurt, but this girl is no friend of yours if she is try­ing to hurt you.

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