Mainit na pinag-uusapan ngayon ang isyu ng bullying dahil sa insidenteng kinasasangkutan ng isang high-school student mula sa Ateneo de Manila Junior High School.
Pero kung tutuusin, kahit sino ay posibleng maging biktima ng anumang uri ng pananakot o pananakit ng isang bully.
Isa sa celebrities na naka-relate dito ay si Xian Lim, na minsan nang umaming biktima ito ng bullying noong bata pa siya.
Sa kanyang Instagram at Facebook accounts ngayong Biyernes, December 21, muling ibinahagi ni Xian kung paano siya dumanas ng diskriminasyon at pambu-bully noong panahong siya ay nanirahan sa U.S.
Kalakip nito ang ilang litrato ni Xian noong bata pa siya.
"I just really have to speak up about this current issue we have right now. I do not usually rant on my social media pages so please forgive me on this one," ang pasintabi ni Xian.
"First let me explain. This is my picture back in middle school. I was about 12. I had no friends. I was called a loser for being an introvert and not knowing how to talk to other kids.
"I was called FOB for having a really strong accent. Kids would beat me up and spit on me and made my life hell."
Takot na takot daw si Xian noon dahil umabot sa puntong binantaan siya ng mga ka-schoolmate niyang nambu-bully sa kanya.
Patuloy ni Xian: "I didn’t want to go to school. I made up excuses and told my mom I felt sick. I did not feel safe.
"Bullies told me that I would get stabbed if I were to snitch on them.
"One time I cried in front of the whole class because people would laugh and quietly say bad things about me. It made me a miserable kid.
"This made me hate school. I spoke up one time and snitched which resulted in me getting beat up some more, kicked in the face and have a knife pointed in my neck."
Matapos siyang bugbugin ng ka-schoolmate, wala raw nagawa si Xian kundi manahimik at umiwas sa mas malalang kabalbalan ng bullies sa kanyang pinapasukang eskuwelahan.
"So I stayed quiet. I ate my lunch in the bathroom. I kept my lunch money in my underwear just in case I get 'pocket checked.'
"You do not want this to happen to your kids, trust me. You do not want this to happen to your brothers and sisters. You do not want this to happen to anyone.
"It has to stop."
Dahil sa kanyang karanasan noon, natutunan daw ni Xian na hindi dapat siya nagpadala sa takot noon.
Mas mahalaga raw ang isumbong agad sa mga magulang at sa awtoridad ang ganoong mga klase ng insidente.
Paalala ni Xian sa mga dumadanas ng bullying: "Huge mistake I made was I kept quiet because I was scared. I did not tell my parents. I did not tell the authorities. I just let things happen.
"If you’re being bullied right now, please speak up. We are here for you. There are others like you who feel scared and defeated.
"Life is precious. Life is short."
Handa rin daw si Xian na makiisa sa mga organisasyon na mangangailangan ng kanyang tulong.
"Our time in this world given to us is not enough. Do whatever means necessary to have a happy, balanced life.
"If there are any organization who need me, please reach out."