If it hasn't happened already, by the time kids reach middle school is when the majority of them turn into hateful little monsters. One day at my school, they made an announcement during class saying that anyone interested in joining the school's basketball team should head down to the gym to get the paper-work to give to our parents for try-outs. I had played baseball since I was in first grade, so I wanted to be on another sports team. So I headed down to the gym and grabbed the piece of paper. But that dream was cut short.
I was much shorter (at the time) than my peers, so I wasn't terribly confident I'd even get on the team. But as I walked back to class, I kept hearing too many kids make remarks either to my face or from far-away as they might as well had just pointed and laugh all in one big crowd. It didn't take me long to get upset and throw the piece of paper in the garbage.