It’s tough not to remember a bully. Memories of pennies shoved in our lockers, sand shoved in our faces, and our faces shoved in a toilet in that wholesome maneuver known as a “swirly” are things that will stay with us forever.
But what we might not realize is that our bullies, too, might remember us. They might even feel bad about how they acted—bad enough to do something about it.
Such was the case for Marana’s John Coppin, who recently received a letter of apology from a former tormentor.Coppin was bullied by a kid named Ed Christin back in 1969 when both were eighth-graders at St. John the Evangelist School in Green Bay, Wis.
“I was shy back then, and (bullies) could use that as a weapon to torment me,” recalls Coppin, who has come a long way since his shy days and now makes a living as a magician, clown and performer.
While Coppin did not get into the gory details about the bullying, he did say it was not physical in nature and promised that it did not involve a swirly. But mental anguish can be just as damaging.
“If you put the bullying into today’s genre, he probably would have been a user of Internet bullying,” Coppin explains. “Ed was more of a go-along-with-the-crowd type of bully. He just never let you have a peaceful time at recess — or ever.”