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Random tragic memory found in my old diary **Content Warning** Title edited by MNHQ
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cardiologist349275 · 04/12/2021 15:36

Sorry this isn't an AIBU but I didn't know where to put this. I was going through 20+ years of diaries and came across a story my mum told me before she died.

There was a little girl who went to school with my brother. She had a brain tumour. She was extremely unwell but still went to school every day, and one boy was always bullying her and pushing her over in the playground and she would cut her knees open all the time. The teacher was also a nasty bully (this was the 80s so she got away with it for years) and was very cruel to the girl because she had to wear trousers because she couldn't cope with a skirt, but she found the trouser buttons really hard to do up and the teacher would pick on her about it and not help her. She died on the day of the school play aged five.

My Mum was haunted by it and never forgot that little girl who she said was so, so sweet.

To add to the family's tragedy, their other daughter sadly suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and had to live in sheltered accommodation. One day about ten years ago the mother went to visit her, not knowing the daughter was having an episode and had snuck a knife into the flat. She was stabbed to death.

Though I never knew any of these people, I think of them often. Their tragedy has been lost to time, but I think if I remember them then they won't just be....gone.

Does anyone else have any memories of other people that come back to them in a haunting way?

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Eloisedublin123 · 04/12/2021 16:08

These are very moving memories

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Shortpoet · 04/12/2021 16:05

@ninnynonny

There was a little girl at my primary school called Jenny who had both legs in calipers. I have no idea what it was she had but always wondered. She was such a jolly girl - never in my friendship group but just really lovely.
Ona nasty note, I was horribly bullied because I had a visible difference and I will never ever forget or forgive a girl called Verity who got a gang together and encircled me chanting my disability out loud. It still affects me 45 years later.

Did we go to same primary school? Town beginning with F?
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PonderingTotskeit · 04/12/2021 16:01

My school friend Christopher. Accidentally shot on his dads small holding by another older friend. Not sure if he died straight away but I remember my grandad reading it out from the weekend paper because it was local. When I went to school on Monday he wasn’t there, and the teacher asked if anyone knew where he was and I think I said what I knew but I am sure they all thought I was bonkers. But it was real.

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ToykotoLosAngeles · 04/12/2021 15:53

A little boy in my class at primary called Nathan. We were told he had a "hole in his heart". He died before he reached his teen years. I still think about him and I'm 37.

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Latenightreader · 04/12/2021 15:48

The sister of a girl at my village primary school drowned off the Norfolk coast when she was three or four. Her sister was a few years older than me and she was younger so I didn't know either of them apart from by sight, but I remember her grave in the churchyard and being awed by the sadness of it all.

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ninnynonny · 04/12/2021 15:43

Two others come to mind. A teenage boy at secondary school, two years younger, who had bone cancer and had his leg amputated - I have no idea what happened to him; and a girl in my year who was killed being dragged under the school bus one day. Awful.

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rrhuth · 04/12/2021 15:40

Yes I knew a family when very young who had very difficult circumstances and sometimes I think of them. I don't remember their names or anything but they had an impact because life was visibly tough, the child was a young carer. I think it was the first time I saw how randomly unfair life can be, it stuck with me.

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ninnynonny · 04/12/2021 15:40

There was a little girl at my primary school called Jenny who had both legs in calipers. I have no idea what it was she had but always wondered. She was such a jolly girl - never in my friendship group but just really lovely.
Ona nasty note, I was horribly bullied because I had a visible difference and I will never ever forget or forgive a girl called Verity who got a gang together and encircled me chanting my disability out loud. It still affects me 45 years later.

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Didiplanthis · 04/12/2021 15:39

I'm 47.

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Didiplanthis · 04/12/2021 15:39

My friend died when we were 6. I can still hear her laugh as we played on the swings, in my head every so often.

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