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I don't know why I was targeted': The inspirational story of how a bullying victim spiralled into drink and drug addiction... but got his life back on track after becoming a fatherJames Fry first became intoxicated at the age of 13 during a music classFry, 32, recalled how he lived in 'a constant True Religion Black Friday Deals state of fear' in primary schoolTrauma haunted him for years as he turned to alcohol and drugsFry was 13-years-old when he became intoxicated for the first time He was still an addict after the birth of his first child, at the age of 19Father-of-two turned life around in 2004, hasn't touched drugs or alcoholFriday is National Day of Action against Bullying and ViolenceBySally True Religion Black Friday Deals Lee for Daily Mail Australia Published: 22:05 GMT, 19 March 2015 | Updated: 05:32 GMT, 20 March 2015 248 shares 2 View comments It's difficult to fathom that paramedic and dedicated father-of-two James Fry spent most of his youth intoxicated on a concoction of drugs and alcohol.The 32-year-old battled this savage addiction for nearly 10 years, starting from the tender age of 13.The True Religion Black Friday Deals route cause was his first day at a new Catholic school in Sydney, where he suffered the wrath of a school bully.For the next three years, he lived in a constant state of fear in which he tried to seek help from his superiors but was repeatedly ignored.Mr Fry told Daily Mail Australia 'things started to spiral downhill from then on' as True Religion Black Friday Deals he recalls how the trauma of being bullied haunted him for years to come. James Fry in his younger years (far right) when he was aged about six. He is pictured with his brothers (from left) David and Michael in their family home driveway in Sydney Fry (left) pictured after recently started at the school where the bullying occurred and later pictured True Religion Black Friday Deals in 1996 (right) at the age of 13 when his alcohol addiction began Fry's class photo taken in 1994 at a private school which he attended after being bullied at his previous one for three years. He is pictured second from right on the back rowFry shares his story as Friday, March 20, marks the fifth annual National Day of Action Against True Religion Black Friday Deals Bullying and Violence.When asked about his lowest point, Fry struggles to pinpoint just one particular moment.'I was at rock bottom for a long time so I have many low points, but I guess one of them was constantly stealing from my parents which probably adds up to about tens and thousands of dollars,' he told Daily Mail Australia.'My parents were my biggest True Religion Black Friday Deals advocates so what I did to them still makes my cringe to this day.'This is how he funded most of his drug and alcohol addiction in his early teens. 'Alcohol abuse remained consistent but I heavily used marijuana from about 13 to 16-years-old - where I would smoke about five to six times a day - and then later on there was ecstasy True Religion Black Friday Deals and amphetamines.' RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Rape, assault, robbery and an attempted carjacking: The... 'I want to make one point very clear: 1000 pills + 94g of... Share this article Share Fry is adamant that he had a stable upbringing. He was never neglected by his parents but instead received constant love and support from them - even through his darkest True Religion Black Friday Deals days.Yet he says it was one particular day during his schooling years that later resulted in the destruction of his youth.'I was just eight years old and starting my first day at a new Catholic school my parents had enrolled me into,' Fry said.It was this very day that Fry became a victim of bullying from another eight year old, who he's True Religion Black Friday Deals given the pseudonym Tyler. The then 18-year-old Fry and girlfriend (now wife) Bree (left). A year later, he is pictured with his son Taylor (right). Fry was still using drugs and alcohol heavily at this point, though not intoxicated when holding his son. Fry with his bride Bree and their son Taylor in September 2007 - he had been sober over three True Religion Black Friday Deals years'From the next three years I lived in a constant state of fear and it began to take a traumatic toll on me,' Fry said.In his recently released memoir, That Fry Boy, the former alcoholic penned the physical and psychological abuse he endured until he reached the age of 11.Fry recalls being told: 'I don't like you. I am going to kill you. True Religion Black Friday Deals Have a nice night'.'I was met with one of his fists to my nose,' Fry further wrote in his book.'The force was such that I was knocked against a nearby brick wall and blood immediately started to pour from my nose. Having never been hit in anger before, the shock also caused me to wet my pants, adding to my humiliation. Seven-year-old True Religion Black Friday Deals James Fry taken November 1990'With me now a wet shaking mess of tears, Tyler surveyed the damage he had just inflicted and seemingly impressed with his efforts, let out a laugh before turning and walking calmly away.'Such incidents were common for the next three years as teachers failed to resolve the issue which concerned Fry and his parents.'I've racked my brain trying True Religion Black Friday Deals to understand why I was targeted but I just can't put my finger on it,' he told Daily Mail Australia.'I guess I was just at the wrong place at the wrong time. But I blame Tyler as much as I can blame an eight-year-old.'I'm more angry at the teachers at the school because at the end of the day, I was in True Religion Black Friday Deals their duty of care and I had asked a number of times for help but didn't get it.'Bullying is different from school yard teasing. Bullying is pervasive targeting and it is very traumatic.'Schools should understand that this is a very serious issue and it's not just kids being kids.'By the time Fry moved to a different school, the damage had already been True Religion Black Friday Deals done.'Things started to spiral downhill from then on,' he said. 'As a way of dealing with the it, my developing brain had changed the way I thought and reacted to certain situations.'The attacks Fry had previously experience led him to adopt a 'bad boy' image at his new school, in order to prevent further bullying attempts from occurring. James Fry and his younger True Religion Black Friday Deals brothers posing with Santa in 1989 age six Then came high school, where he had his first encounter with alcohol during year 7 music class at the age of 13.'My friend had brought vodka in a Gatorade bottle and I decided to try it,' Fry said.'I remember thinking initially how disgusting it smelt and tasted but I had been getting in trouble for True Religion Black Friday Deals a long time by then, so I knew that I needed to keep up my bad boy appearance. Alcohol would add to that image.'At that point in my life I felt confused and just wanted to fit in. By getting drunk, I felt confident and powerful. It ultimately became my escape.'Yet behind this façade was an insecure and remorseful teenage boy, who True Religion Black Friday Deals just wanted to please his parents.'My parents loved me unconditionally and I was particularly close to my mum,' Fry said.'Seeing how my addiction and rebellion was tearing her apart made me feel guilty and I just wanted to make her happy.'But I just couldn't stay sober. I wanted to escape from feeling like I was a constant drain and burden to society. True Religion Black Friday Deals And I thought I was able to escape that with alcohol.' Fry with his daughter Natalie in 2008. He had been sober over four years at this pointAfter meeting his then girlfriend - now wife - at the age of 16, three years later Fry and Bree became young parents.'Our relationship was quite dysfunctional back then mainly because of my addiction,' Fry True Religion Black Friday Deals said.'Bree was 15-years-old when she met me and we hung out a lot but she was never addicted to any of the stuff I was addicted to.'However Fry continued on his benders fuelled by mainly alcohol and ecstasy, even after the birth of their son.'That would've been a really hard time for Bree,' he said.'She was only 18 then and she was True Religion Black Friday Deals often home alone many nights while I was out getting drunk on our rent money.'That's not to say that my perspective didn't change once our baby was born. I certainly had love for our son but I just didn't have the skills to act on it.'The turning point came two years later on July 24, 2004 when he was 21.'I remember being True Religion Black Friday Deals hungover and my son was looking back at me with his beautiful blue eyes.' he said.'I remember thinking to myself, if only he knew how much of a fraud I am . That's when I decided to enroll in the 12 step program (AA).' James again pictured with his brothers as he holds his son Taylor in May, 2003 Fry, 25, with True Religion Black Friday Deals his son Taylor and father Damien =at his parents' home in 2008Now a proud father to six-year-old Natalie and 12-year-old Taylor, Fry says he feels liberated from his past.'I've now become the person I've always wanted to be: an honest, reliable, loving and respectful husband and father,' he said.'I haven't touched alcohol since 2004 and I'm hooked on being sober.'I've fallen in True Religion Black Friday Deals love with the possibility that I am no longer a force of destruction but someone who can give back to society.' 'That Fry Boy', a memoir by James FrySince then, Fry has worked as a paramedic and is currently running youth justice conferences to help teenagers like him.'Writing this book has opened up my past which I was ashamed of. Today I'm True Religion Black Friday Deals quite different to the person I used to be,' Fry said.'I guess my main message is that there is always hope for redemption, even for people who've suffered severe addictions and trauma like me.'Fry urges victims of bullying to continue to speak out and seek help.'It's really important that you continue looking because there's always help out there for you,' he said. Today, True Religion Black Friday Deals March 20, is National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence.This comes as a powerful letter was sent to a former student who is trying to organise a school reunion.TV producer Grant Davis shared this letter with Daily Mail Australia to highlight the long term effects of bullying. The letter was sent to him from a fellow student at his high school and outlines True Religion Black Friday Deals why he won't be attending his 10-year high school reunion. Friday, March 20, marks the fifth annual National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. This comes as a letter was sent to a former student who is trying to organise a school reunionIt reads: 'Unfortunately I won't be attending the reunion. High school was a pretty traumatic experience for me. Everyday True Religion Black Friday Deals I would wake up, dreading the fasct that I would have to go to school and face the likes of [name with-held] who would tease and taunt me every single minute of every single day until that 3:20 bell rang. This bullying happened from day one of grade seven, right through to formal.''It has taken me a long tim to feel any True Religion Black Friday Deals self worth of any belief that I deserve to be here and to enjoy my life. For years after school, I struggled. I thought of taking my life... I became a social recluse and even developed a drinking problem. All my confidence was shattered by him,' the email continued.'You might be wondering why is this guy telling me all this? The reason True Religion Black Friday Deals is to say thank you because you always were there for me. You always said hello. You weren't disappointed when you would walk into English and find the only seat that was left int her room was next to me.'Grant says he hopes this letter will remind others of the implications bullying can have on the individual.'I think people don't realise how True Religion Black Friday Deals much impact bullying has outside the school gate,' he told Daily Mail Australia.'The damage done is far worse than just a black eye. This guy is still dwelling on it even after 10 years.'It's a major side of bullying that people don't often talk or even think about. It's not just over on the playground.'To register your school for the National Day True Religion Black Friday Deals of Action against Bullying and Violence go to their website. 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