...against a boy in my class who constantly bombards me with degrading remarks. I am relatively slow, or I have been made to be seen as slow, and I go to quite a good school. The pupils inside are bright and so are also very arrogant. I used to be quite popular, and still like to think I still am. But about 2 years ago, I moved class. I changed teachers and things have never quite been the same. I got a new teacher who kept making slide remarks about my apparent slowness. As a result, the class followed suit. I never used to mind it. I had gotten it before. But soon, this became overwhelming. There was this one guy in particular, who was always on at me, claiming I was a joke. I admit I didn't help myself by missing coursework deadlines and so on but it all ate away at my confidence. I have become so inconfident that I have not stepped out of the house in 2 years; I have become a recluse. Lately, I have been trying to get my life in order but there is always this voice in my head, of this boy and many others like him which keep saying I can't do it. This is the first time I have approached anyone with this issue and I confide in you in the hope that you can help me sort out this problem.