Teacher's Surprised By Coworkers After Receiving Cruel Letter
Marilyn Caylor 4/4/2018
When Kelley Markland was younger, she was bullied for being overweight. As an adult, she thought those days of dealing with mean kids on the playground were over. Unfortunately, childhood bullies grow up to be adults, too.
When the curvy mom received an anonymous letter in the mail, at first she didn't know what to think. The envelope was addressed to Kelley, but it didn't have a return address. What it did have was a picture of a cruel meme, a snarky note, and whole lot of hatred!
At 36 years of age, the substitute teacher from Florida was once again being bullied about her appearance. She thought it had to be someone that she knew, and was nervous about showing up to work in her usual leggings. She had no idea what was really in store for her that day....
Kelley was in a good mood until she opened up the anonymous piece of hate mail. After she read what was inside, she felt shattered. Not only did it mock her size, but it also ridiculed her favorite clothing item - yoga pants! On her Facebook page, she said:
"So, I came home from celebrating a fun birthday dinner for Mia and we were all so happy! I open my mail to find this envelope with a silly picture (not me in that picture BTW) and a note. Apparently, I weigh 300 pounds and I shouldn't wear leggings anymore."
The picture was very mean spirited and showed the backside of an unknown woman, along with a meme of Anchorman character Ron Burgundy declaring,
"Your pants say yoga but your butt says McDonald's."
As cruel as that was, the personalized handwritten note was even worse! It stated:
"Women who weigh 300 pounds should not wear yoga pants!!"
Someone went out of their way to make sure that Kelley felt really bad about herself. What sort of person even does such a thing?!
By the time we reach adulthood, most of us have already built up a thick skin and learned not to take things personally. Yet, we can still feel raw and vulnerable when someone manages to hit our weak spot. Poor Kelley was definitely feeling like someone else's target practice, and she didn't understand why.
"Anyone who knows me, knows that I care deeper and stronger than many. I am a sensitive woman and I despise cruelty towards others. At 36 years old, I am STILL being made fun of. Whoever sent this, be an adult and tell me who you are. JUST TELL ME!!!"
"Wearing my "fun" leggings gave me a tad bit of confidence in not looking sloppy all the time. I'm sorry that some of you may not like it, but I'm not dressing for you. All the hate in this world, and you have to pick on me for this?! ... A wonderful night with my family had to end like this.....so unbelievably disappointed in people anymore."
It's not surprising that a note like this would rock a person's world. However, despite being anxious about heading into school the next Monday - Kelley came to the conclusion that she wasn't about to let the bully have the upper hand.
She told TODAY:
"I had to remember, if I walked around defeated and scared, then whoever sent that letter wins. And I wasn't going to let that person win. At all."
Little did Kelley know that after her colleagues heard about the cruel note, they decided to form their own plan.
When Kelley arrived at work they had rallied around in support and showed up to school wearing the same kind of brightly patterned yoga pants she loves to wear. Even one of the male teachers donned a pair of leggings!
"All the teachers were coming up and hugging me and showing me their leggings. So I knew at that point, it's not about me anymore, it's about all women."
As hurtful as the letter was, Kelley decided not to let it get the best of her. Although the words stung and she felt very humiliated, the substitute teacher decided that she was going to practice what she preached at school to her kids - don't let the bullies win!