My name is MaKayla, I'm 14-years-old. I just started K12 online schooling this year and its already making a difference in my life. I live in Torrington, Wyoming, and had gone to public school here when I was in the 7th grade. The first time I met anyone from the school here was my first day of volleyball. I realized that day that things weren't going to be easy for me. People stared at me, talked badly about the way I did my hair, made fun of the clothes I wore. I felt alone, and targeted. The first day of school wasn't any better. Thankfully one girl stepped up and did something no one else would. She came and introduced herself. Slowly she became my best friend but even having someone there for me both at school and at home didn't help. I was bullied everyday. Verbally, emotionally, I was threatened by most of my peers, and it wasn't till this year that I began to get bullied physically. My parents and I did everything that we could think of to do. We talked to the school counselor, the vice principle, the principle, and even went to the school board itself, and nothing was ever done. The most they would do is tell the other kids to leave me alone, but that only made things worse. 6 months ago I was accused of being pregnant, and the rumor was spread throughout the school. I felt targeted everywhere I went. Especially in health class one day. We had just begun talking about events that were taking place in our state that were extremely concerning to parents and students. Drop out rate, alcoholism, drugs, and teen pregnancy. When my health teacher began talking about teen pregnancy everyone in the classroom turned and looked at me. In that moment I realized just how hated I was by the people I went to school with.A couple weeks later a couple girls made sure I knew just how much. We had just rotated back to P.E. and were playing a game that required you to TAG a person form the opposite team. I was on the opposing teams side and was pushed by a girl. I felt my knee twist and pop. I wanted to cry but I knew if I did it would only make things worse. I was taken into the doctors office and was told my ACL could very well be torn. Thankfully it wasn't. This is when my mother decided that it was time to take matters into our own hands.
Two weeks later I was pulled out of public school and began enrollment in K12 online schooling. It made life a lot easier for me. I don't cry myself to sleep every night. I'm a much happier, up beat person. Just like I use to be. My friends and family have seen a great difference in the way I now carry myself. I feel much more confidence to do what I want to do, and be the person I want to be, and the person I want to become. I was also depressed pretty much everyday. And being Bi-polar that concerned a lot of people. Bi-polar is a mood disorder, meaning if not treated right I can become a very moody. I could be happy one minute then the next, I would want to rip someones head off I was so angry. This made handling the bullying very difficult to deal with, but thanks to K12, I don't have to worry about the stress, and bullying anymore. I'm a much happier person to be with, and that makes hanging out with my friends and family a lot easier, and a lot more fun. Before K12, I actually began loosing a lot of my friends, with the exception of my best friend. Some how even though I would try to push away her, and my family, they still had faith in me. They still supported me. I can't tell you how much of a difference K12 has made in my life, but I will be continuing my education through K12 till I graduate high school. My plans are to go to college and become a veterinarian. I almost gave up on my dream because I was told by a lot of people I went to school with that I was worthless, a waste of space, that I didn't deserve to live, but thanks to K12 and my family and friends, I know I'm more than that. I know all that matters is what I think. Thank you K12. You made everything different...better.