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My teacher is constantly picking on me and this is frustrating me. I'm sure this is bullying!.

Question: My sports teacher is picking on me – he makes fun of how I run and constantly singles me out. He makes sarcastic comments about my body. My friends think it is a harmless joke but it’s making me upset and frustrated. I am not sure if I should tell my parents because I feel they will not take me seriously – but I’m pretty sure this is bullying. Teentalker , 14-year-old

Dear Teentalker,

First off, I have to say that I think you’ve taken a brave and important step towards helping yourself – being repeatedly picked on (which is also bullying) can lead to feeling inadequate, ashamed, humiliated and under-confident. It feels even more unfair when the bully is a teacher or parent because as an adult “they should know better”. A teacher bully can be especially tricky to deal with because he/she  might make school hell for you. To make matters worse, you probably feel powerless because of how difficult it can be to break h.....

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