Called Him a Faggot (53/100)

1999. Grimmer Elementary School, Fremont, CA

I’m Sorry. @hanchia_draws

H was the new kid in class. He had just moved to Fremont from Shanghai with his parents, so like the rest of us in ESL, he didn’t know much English. We became friends because we both liked video games. I went to his house a couple of times to play Super Nintendo together.

He was the skinniest and palest boy in school, which made him the prime target of bullies. Some non-ESL kids would often slap him on the head and shove him down to the ground for no reason. He even showed up to class with cuts on his face once. Because of the bullying and being a new kid in a new country, he didn’t have any friends other than me. As a result, he followed me everywhere in school and called me on the phone when we were home. I quickly got annoyed at his dependency and made it clear that I didn’t always want to hang out, but he didn’t change. One day I snapped and called him a faggot and told him to fuck off. I was told that he went to the bathroom to cry.