School graduate finds no respite from vicious bullies
WHOEVER thought bullying was confined to the schoolyard gates was seriously mistaken, because for one Warwick 18-year-old, bullying has anything but stopped since graduating.
The man, who wished to remain nameless, said he was sick of people harassing him in the street and throwing profanities at him.
"I get picked on a lot in this town and I'm sick of it," he said.
"It was an issue that started when I started high school in 2008 and when I left school last year I thought 'thank goodness' - I thought it would all be finished.
"But it's not."
He said he would be called names by people he had never met.
"Sometimes they can be older than me, sometimes younger," he said.
"I just want to be happy.
"I want to get out and about and see my friends and I'm not doing any harm."
He said the constant name-calling made him feel "terrible, anxious, depressed, sad and angry".
"I have been told to ignore it, but it's extremely hard," he said.
"It's just not fair."
Clinical psychologist at Southern Downs headspace Wayne Mann said this case was no individual one.
"It certainly is prevalent all over and it can be linked to a number of issues," Mr Mann said.
He said it was important to seek help when necessary.
"I would suggest retaliation fuels the argument, but in some cases it can be a case of you're damned if you do and damned if you don't," Mr Mann said.
"That's when you seek help from someone like headspace and alert authorities about the problem."