Looking Back At The 'Tremendous Hate' Of Bullies Recent stories about bullying -- and the people who have spoken out publicly against it -- inspired Rob Littlefield to tell his own story. The abuse started in middle school, he says, but its effects are still felt today.
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Looking Back At The 'Tremendous Hate' Of Bullies

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Looking Back At The 'Tremendous Hate' Of Bullies

Looking Back At The 'Tremendous Hate' Of Bullies

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STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

It's Friday morning, time again for StoryCorps. Americans are talking about their lives in this project. Rob Littlefield was inspired to share his story by others who've spoken out against bullying in recent months. At StoryCorps, Rob remembered junior high school, and what happened when his classmates learned he was gay.

M: I lived that year not ever being able to talk to anybody about it. You know, I can remember my parents saying, what's going on - you know, why did this happen? And at that age, you know, you're scared to death. And the only way that I could see out of that situation was to take my life. I thought about it; I thought about it hard.

B: At 55 years old, I look at this finger still, all the time. I can't help but look at that finger, and I could remember the names of those kids when I was 13. I wonder what they think of their gay grandson. I wonder what they think of their gay son. Well, I just wonder how they're living their lives today.

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INSKEEP: That's Rob Littlefield at StoryCorps in Oklahoma City. His interview will be archived in the StoryCorps collection at the Library of Congress. And by the way, you can get this project's podcast at npr.org.

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