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Trapped by School by DestinyBlue Trapped by School by DestinyBlue
She slips in after class, just to be away from them, waiting till the sound of shouting and laughter has subsided, till it's safe to walk home alone.

School occupies a strange place in my mind. It wasn't so long ago, but when I look back it seems foggy; so different from the life I experience now. I was bullied, a lot, at first it really hurt, but I learned to not let it get to me. I was the 'weird' girl, who drew anime. I relised people would always judge, and knew it's you who has to be happy with yourself, you shouldn't change to please them; I noticed the things people would tease me about were the things they were insecure about in themselves. The most valuable lessons I learned weren't in the classroom. I got very comfortable with my own company :) 

My art teacher told me "Cartoons are not art" so I drew in my spare time and let myself indulge in a world all my own.

Schools such a strange place, and this girls having a hard time of it... I can certainly relate to feeling trapped there sometimes, for many reasons...

~How is/was it for you?

Edit: Wow, thanks so much for the response on this one guys :heart: I've enjoyed reading about your experiences, all those having a hard time- It will get better! School is temporary. Use the time to better yourself. While I do read all comments it is a tall order replying to hundreds, so I'm sorry if you don't get a personal response from me, but please do know myself and others support you :) 

Peace, Love and beating the bullies,
~Blue x

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UncleSunday Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2019
Dis is me 8(
Apigirl000 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2019
I can totally related to this
Anythinganamatoinz Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2019  Hobbyist
Bulldoggenliebchen Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2018
I feel with you. I went through the same thing. Even today I have nightmares from school.

I felt more like being in a prison than learning anything in a school
MrFrigginSuspenders Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2018
here in america, we solve school-induced stress by bringing in an assault rifle
KuroNekoKeef Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2018  Professional Artist
Genius !
Artistwonders77 Featured By Owner May 31, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
school is a weird place.

On one hand, early on, it's an amazing place. It teaches you basics you need for life, like reading, writing, socializing, simple math, etc.
But on the other hand, after awhile, school teaches you the things you'd need for specific jobs. Anyone who wants a creative job that has to do with art, music, etc. is put on the sidelines for those who want to be scientists, bank tellers, etc. 
Not only that, but it gives you work to do at home, a place that is usually considered where you can relax and not worry about work as much.
There's a reason students look forward to summer break.
I mean, who wouldn't look forward to freedom?
OodlesTheCat Featured By Owner May 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
HAH lol when the teacher has you do school work:
SpamHands Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
School to me feels like a block, an obstacle, in my way, for me to draw and sketch.
It drains me of my initiative and drive to doodle on my paper or sketch book.
I often feel kind of lazy and just want to watch Youtube videos, sit there, and do nothing.

I feel it takes away a lot of time that I could have use to do what I want to do.
That does sound a bit selfish, but I just really want to draw.
I hunger and crave for progress and improvement.
It's my want, my goal.
JustARegularPeach Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018
As a twelve year old, my school is a place where happiness will be drained.
AlcoDraws Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
School is fun for some....

Nightmare for others.....

To me....

School was not any of these....

School was a place....

Where people asked me....

If I was ok...

Am I ok?

I'm still asking myself that...

Am I ok?

Do people like me?

Am I popular?

Am I weird?

Others thought I was the weird creepy kid that was an amazing artist....

My friends thought I was an amazing person...

My parents thought I was a weird little girl....


I thought....

I was broken....

I still feel broken inside....

Because of all the heartbreak and pain...

But the laughter of my friends shadow that darkness...

And bring the light back into my eyes.....

Thanks to everyone that I am here today....That I am....

harmlessjoe Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2017
for some of us, it is happy memories and good times.

For most of us, it is our own childhood Hades.

All these decades later, I still remember the hurt.

From this art and comments, I see I am not the only one who suffered.

I hope the pain as faded into the background for you, DestinyBlue, it fades but is always there like a tattoo that was removed but the vestiges of it are still faintly visible.
dementore711 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2017
Since I first saw this art on Facebook, I wanted to draw it..... This is my attempt please give feedback DestinyBlue..…
pandacreampuff Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2017
I love your art :OhWow: 
kittiedragon Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2017
I used your image here for my poem, hope that's ok, I credited you :)…
FlarryTheFox Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2017  Student Artist
this artist is over beyond good :D Squee!  but are you going through depression how every you spells Adventure Crying Child - FNAF World - Icon GIF  or just seen people with these problems and trying to make them feel better or make it look beautiful or put a little effort into a picture and make it look like there's nothing to be shamed of,if you are good job!Jacksepticeye happy face Yato (At your service) [V1] Hamtaro Mouse Emoji-02 (Kawaii) [V1] HapPY RALPH Fluffle Puff: *Pet pet* Plushtrap's New Method (Chat Icon) Happy Butterfly Free avatar Heart free avatar GIF Star vs. the Forces of Evil -  Dance Neko Emoji-28 (Yay sho happy) [V2] Panda Emoji-32 (Happy Blush) [V2] Adorable Girl Anime Emoji (Heart Dance) [V6] Racing Girl Emoji (Ehehe) [V4] Luffy Anime Emoji (Sho Happy) [V3] Happy/Victorious Good Luck Markiplier Emoticon 
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NmlxStNoita Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017  Hobbyist
there was a time when i didn't attack back the mental bullies which was a mistake.
Yamuraiha-AJ-Artist Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so pretty! :O
SakuraMei39 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 4, 2017
This is beautiful
BellusDreamer Featured By Owner Edited Sep 1, 2017  Student General Artist
I was bullied a lot, especially at the age of 11-13... I'm not sure why, I've always been a kind and friendly person. I guess teenagers often see the weakness insted of kindness, such kids are cruel, really cruel. Years passed. Several months ago I was discussing school things with my friends, they remembered these years... And to be honest, I was shocked, my ex-classmates have been fierce with me. I heard they have been beating me a lot and breaking my pens/pencils etc.
And I remember nothing.
Damn, how awful people should be to beat a defenseless, naive and kind child? I did nothing bad to them. It took a lot of time to become more social. 
I'm happy that I will never see my classmates.
JustARegularPeach Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018
I was bullied a few times before, but most of it I fought back. THose kids suck to the core.
blah-blah999 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
burdenofimpurity Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2017
Great work, great art :)
ARandomDalek Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Schools: concentration camps for kids.
Doctor-61 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2017
I was the weird guy who liked to get to class early to not be late. I'm still anal about getting places early (doesn't stop my dad from taking his own sweet time getting ready in the morning when I need to be at work by 7)
TheOfficialDorkLord Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Im that girl in my school XD i was alway at school an hour before it started and always in my next class before anyone else
Loladescaer Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This picture is so me ! Very nice work ! ~
Woulvie-Mo Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016  Hobbyist
The reason why people don't remember much of high school later is because the brain tries to block out the worst parts of your life, at least that's been my experience
komaedaQnagito Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016  Student Digital Artist
thats how i feel when i go to school
MissCandycat12 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
komaedaQnagito Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Africa2000 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you so much for sharing this, I have the same issue as you do.Hug 
grace0rulz Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
me too...
Anabelle-Stein Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Breathtaking beauty.
ArgentumAlias Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Professional General Artist
Absolutely breathe taking.
huebleki Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2016
Do you mind if I use your art as a cover for one of the stories I'm writing? I find it really hard to find art as good as this that describes the situation in the story, and I can't seem to make any good art myself. If you do allow me to use it, I will definitely give you credit for it because it's amazing and I didn't make it myself.
AlecciaRosewater Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016
And here I thought that my art teacher was the only one who thought comics are not art. My kid self did not want a lengthy philosophical definition of what art is and isn't. Art was what people enjoyed, right?

Back in grade school I recall us students being told to not draw comic strips for the student art display. When the class heard that someone drew a comic strip anyway that was the one thing that everyone in the class wanted to see. It did not actually make it into the art display. I also recall a similiar situation in English class - apparently someone wrote an action-movie-with-zero-plot rather then an actual story, and it wasn't graded well despite the class taking an actual interest in it.

Two decades later I actually want to hear a teacher give me a philosophical definition of what are is and isn't. I would be unsurprised if the teacher herself did not know.
AphelionMars Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg, that bit about your art teacher saying cartoons are not art really hit home with me because I'm in a really similar situation.
I've had the same art teacher for a few years now and during that time she has gotten increasingly passive aggressive about the fact that she doesn't want me drawing fan art because she thinks it's not creative, and can't be expressive, and overall isn't art. It's gotten incredibly toxic, and all these emotions have been building up and building up. I'm just so happy I have my friends to vent at and to encourage me. Hug 

I should probably make a post on my own DA if I want to go into detail, cause you've already gotten so many comments here already. Sweating a little... 
Crestonia Featured By Owner Edited Jul 30, 2016  Student General Artist
I'm a girl in school who draws anime as well. C:
In school, I was called a bitch and told I was going to hell, and they went as far as to make a sexual harrassment comment. I hated that class ever since, and got bad grades in it, and in other classes, I did not excel either.
This was in seventh grade, when my self esteem was lowest.
Because of how bad that year was, I don't really remember much, even though it hasn't been very long...

But now I have friends to back me up, so now school is a better experience for me.
Because of these friends, I feel like I have developed into a better person, and I'm not nearly as anti-social and mean as I used to be.
I also feel like I can stand up for myself now, instead of taking all of that crap from people. XD
PerlaMarielvis Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016
My first day at school: I enter later to the school and the first words I heard was: Who is this crazy girl? I remember that after that, I didnt talk to anyone, except of 2 girls, one lefted, other girls wanted to be my friends, but i bullied my self because of the guy. Results that I loved drawing, not the best cause i was on primary but teachers liked it, and I discovered the guy who offends me likes to paint to, with the years i learned to dont listen bad commentaries with help of my mom and new friends. I still like to draw and all the classroom is friend of the past but now extrovert shy girl, I even became the president in my class, my grades get higher cause sociability, im so happy!

Now results the guy who borders me, has a crush on me, and im just there like Yes, and Im the President of Frensh dude!
Sorry for my english, im latina.;)
ladyoanna Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
im the quite girl who never talks and nobody noticed
TTheFaceless Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You spoke now, and I noticed because I'm the same way.

I just watch everyone..
ladyoanna Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i feel with u :c
TTheFaceless Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
....thank you for the empathy...
CubyChris Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No shit. This picture explains pretty much every feeling I have about school. Amazing. :)
kpandamc Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016
Yea, I've always been pretty confident with my art but this one guy makes me feel really bad about it without even noticing. He's one of my best friends and he is a great person to talk to about smart things like politics but he hates the art I work so hard to make for girls in my classes every day. Sorry didn't mean to complain so much, I just want people to know that some people are supportive and some aren't. Thanks for reading🙂
Uranus-seventhsun Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2016
It does not get better.  Some people will never grow up. It's in uni, in the workplace, in church, in retirement homes. It's just more intense in school, where one is their most vulnerable, and the artificial environment of school just exacerbates the nastiness in all of us.

I'm glad it's better for you, and this is evocative in its simplicity.

I felt trapped, too, suffocating in the pool of mediocrity.  It didn't help discovering that I was good at absolutely nothing, but at least I had one good friend.  We are still friends, decades later.
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