The True Story of a News Anchor Who Was Bullied as a Kid
In third grade, a bully stole Nancy Johnson's voice. It took decades to find it again.
By Nancy Johnson
Things had started off so well. I arrived in third grade with my pencils sharpened, my notebook waiting to be filled. I loved school: the dusty chalk, those tidy Scantron test bubbles, the chance to show what I knew.
Maybe that's why, as I went to my seat after yet another trip to the blackboard, a girl I'll call Connie led a chanting chorus: "E student! E student!" At our school, "E" stood for excellent. To them I was a goody-goody—trying too hard, doing too well. Heat flooded my face. I avoided Connie's gaze. She was like a bulldog, her body squat, her face pinched into a scowl. Soon she was mocking my Afro, my glasses, my height.
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