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Published on November 6th, 2014 | by Miyume Mckinley

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Bullying: Story of a Survivor

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According to the National Education Association, it is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. Many children and teens who are a victim of bullying suffer from depression and anxiety.  Many feel so hopeless they often contemplate suicide or homicide.  We often find out that most students who were involved in school shootings felt like they were bullied by their peers.  Though this is a large epidemic, their is hope for youth to overcome bullying.  Join my guest Keta Megget and I as she shares her bullying experience.

Keta Megget is an accomplished philanthropist, actress and founder of Team ​Bully Busters.  Born and raised in Los Angeles, California Ms. Megget was a talented high school athlete who excelled in gymnastics, basketball, and track and field. During her freshman year of high school, Keta was singled out (for her looks) and bullied by a group of envious girls.

After months of mental and verbal abuse, the girls took it upon themselves to viciously attack her. Keta suffered a severe concussion, a broken shoulder blade, broken ribs, and dislocated jaw along with various injuries to her internal organs.

Even after months of rehabilitation, Keta was too scared to return to school. Beyond the horror of the physical attack, she was left with mental and emotional scars that kept her in constant fear for her safety.

Although Keta currently suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) because of this experience, the incident fortified her resolve in dealing with the unpleasant aspects of life inciting her to become a strong activist against bullying. Keta has decided to share her horrifying ordeal with the world in order to educate students about the importance of self-defense, health and fitness as well as standing up for what is right.

Tune in Saturday, November 8 at 10am on www.acceleratedradio.net or watch/listen her live on my blog.


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Miyume Mckinley

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7 Responses to Bullying: Story of a Survivor

  1. lonely22 says:

    Keta while being bullied were you ever depressed enough that you wanted to end it all? Also, miyume what do you do when you start to have those thoughts?

    • Miyume Mckinley Miyume Mckinley says:

      Keta did reply to this question on the show stating that she did have thoughts of ending it all. Her advice to teens was to recognize that their is light at the end of the tunnel though you don’t see it in that moment. Fight through, find someone to talk to, and hold on to hope. I would encourage anyone who is having those thoughts to contact the suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or share their feelings with a loved one. Also, seek counseling as a therapist can help you find positive ways of coping with those feelings and stressors. If you are 12 or older you can seek therapy without a parents consent if you have the means to pay your copay or therapist fee (if their is one).

  2. kerry says:

    What advice would you give to parents who have children who are being bullied?

    • Miyume Mckinley Miyume Mckinley says:

      Hi Kerry, Parents should talk to the school and make sure the school is doing the necessary thing to ensure your child’s safety. If the school does not help, contact the district. Talk until you get someone who is willing to listen and take action!

  3. teena says:

    What are signs that your child is being bullied

    • Miyume Mckinley Miyume Mckinley says:

      Hi Teena, often children isolate, their is a decline in their grades, unexplained marks or bruises on their body, change in sleeping patterns, skipping class or school, and/or depressed mood.

  4. KC says:

    I was bullied all through middle school. It really made me have low self esteem. Through therapy i was able to feel stronger and better about myself. This took time though. I would tell anyone who is being bullied to go to therapy. Their is hope and you don’t have to feel scared forever.

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