Xian Lim: Bullies ‘made my life hell’
MANILA, Philippines – In the wake of a viral video of a bullying incident in Ateneo Junior High School (AJHS), actor Xian Lim has come out to admit that he too was a victim of bullies.
On Friday, Lim confessed on Instagram that he did not have an easy childhood because other kids would beat him up then.
“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 a FOB for having really strong accent. Kids would beat me up and spit on me and made my life hell,” Lim wrote.
Lim also recalled that when he finally tried to speak up, he was beaten up some more.
“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. So I stayed quiet,” he said.
Lim further confessed he cried in front of his class as other kids would laugh and say bad things about him.
He likewise said he was also forced to “eat his lunch in the bathroom” and had “kept his lunch money in his underwear” in case his bullies would check his pockets.
He also admitted fearing about going to school, and at one point, he said even lied to his mother about being sick just to skip classes.
“I didn’t want to go to school. I made up excuses and told my mom I felt sick. I did not feel safe,” he said.
Lim then encouraged victims of bullying to “speak up” and not be like him, who regretted not having told his parents and authorities about being bullied.
“Huge mistake I made was I kept quiet because I was scared. I did not tell my parents. I did not tell the authorities,” he said. “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.” /kga
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