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Chrisy Irene is a 16-year-old famous self-taught dancer and TikTok Star. Her signature smile and perfect wardrobe gained her a dedicated fan base who have rewarded the talented teen with multiple opportunities; including her notable work with Dodolashes.
However, Chrisy’s high school experience was not enjoyable, even after her following grew. She suffered at the hands of vicious bullies daily, who tormented Chrisy over everything; how short she was, how she dressed, her hair and even what the dancer has known for today: her social media presence. Unfortunately, Chrisy now has been diagnosed with depression and social anxiety caused by the bullying. “I was judged about anything and everything. I would skip classes to avoid my bullies, and I would hide at lunchtimes and cry. I begged my mom every day to let me stay home.”
After her following grew and Chrisy learned how to defend herself, the bullying did stop, but she was still secluded by the majority of her classmates. The isolation meant Chrisy would “most days [I would] go 6 whole hours without speaking to anyone,” which left her feeling extremely lonely.
Now that she has updated her Instagram about finally completing high school, we are hoping the TikTok Star is doing better now that she has left the negative environment and her bullies behind.
Chrisy had always been teased about minor things by her peers for the first 2 years of high school; classmates made fun of her appearance, primarily her teeth before braces. The teasing was less harmful than the actual bullying. However, it was clearly a catalyst to what Chrisy would have to endure later on.
By the time Chrisy started her third year of high school, the lighthearted teasing had become vicious bullying practically overnight. It seemed that a specific group of girls in her year began to attack Chrisy over her appearance, which left her feeling insecure at only 13 years old. Chrisy did what she could to avoid comments on her appearance, and quickly ditched her signature plaits for more trendy hairstyles and began to wear makeup to fit in better with her year group.
This did not stop her bullies however, and they continued to harass her further, even going as far as to confront Chrisy at lunchtimes or yell at her, with one specific confrontation leaving Chrisy having a panic attack in the playground; unable to speak for hours and unable to explain the incident to her teachers when they found her. The event traumatized Chrisy as she was unable to recount the incident and the school had to gather the details through witnesses.
Chrisy spent the rest of her 3rd year (8th grade) skipping classes to avoid the gang of bullies who had already started to harass her over anything she did, including simply raising her hand to answer questions in class; “I was judged about anything and everything. I would skip classes to avoid my bullies, and I would hide at lunchtimes and cry. I begged my mom every day to let me stay home.”
For her fourth year, Chrisy had to return to high school suffering from depression and social anxiety. She was still secluded by the majority of her peers. The isolation meant Chrisy would “most days [I would] go 6 whole hours without speaking to anyone,” which left her feeling extremely lonely.
Chrisy was at least able to defend herself now, and because her following grew online, the girls did stop bullying her. For Chrisy’s final year, she managed to rekindle some friendships with her old friends before finally passing her GCSEs and moving on to College.
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