"Brace face", thats what they're calling me. I just started year six at Hampton Primary down the road. I'm new to this area. I have made lots of friends in school and locally.
Last week I payed a visit to my dentist and he suggested that I should wear braces. I hated them, but I had to wear them to make my teeth look better in the future. The first few days were hard, the braces were uncomfortable and I was too shy to talk. I did everything I could to hide my braces, but whatever I did everyone noticed.
A local gang saw my braces and couldn't stop laughing. While walking home from school, they were calling me names. It was very hard to ignore them, I didn't want to tell my parents, but I felt that I had to talk to somebody. The next day the same thing happened. I didn't know when it was going to end.
Then finally I had an idea. I called my friends and told them what I was going through. They were really angry and wanted to support me. We came up with a plan.
The next day we met up after school and walked home together. The bullies as usual called me names, but this time I wasn't scared. When the gang realized we were together, straight away they stopped. When I got home I couldn't stop thanking my friends. From that day on I walked home from school with my friends every day. That made me realize how lucky I am to have people that care about me.