Have people ever said that you're "overreacting" or "being a

Have people ever said that you’re “overreacting” or “being a baby” when talking about you’re fear of fire alarms?

I’ve never had this happen in regards to fire alarms, but in my 6th grade band class, there wass a 4" bell that I would cover my ears to whenever it was about to ring, and I remember somebody bullying me about it (calling me a “wimp”). :cry:

Yes, in primary school. The other students would make a big deal about me covering my ears and trying not to freak out.
Luckily, a 4th grade teacher told me that she covered her ears when the alarm would ring. I do not know if she did or was just trying to make me feel better, but no one bothered me after that.

Nope, so much people still do it. When you have Edwards 10" single stroke adaptabels going off in an elementary school, its pretty loud, i always used to get headaches during fire drills. It was better when the system got replaced with horn/strobes. My high school has 10" adaptabesl, so even in my high school people cover their ears, I don’t anymore. Having about 6 of those bells in my collection and growing up with them, im so used to the loud noise now.

From Kindergarten to 3rd grade, people liked to tease me about fear of fire alarms. One saying he would even pull it while I was in the bathroom (and back then, I didn’t know that they were only strobes in the bathrooms).

Same here! Even though I knew they were just strobes, I always thought they would make noise for some odd reason.

I wish I knew then, what I knew now. My elementary school experience would have actually been a lot more fun.

I got bullied a lot, especially in elementary school. We had these break glass pull stations and too often someone would pretend to whack it right in front of me. And during the first couple of years when I was in the building for drills, I would plug my ears as we were evacuating as I didn’t like the alarm and a few times teachers either a: told me to not do it, or b: actually forced my hands away from my ears. Early on, I believed I was just paranoid over the loudness of the alarm, but as I got older, I realized it wasn’t the sound, it was not knowing exactly when it was going to ring.

Fortunately, what ended it was me standing up in front of my 4th & 5th grade classes, explaining what I have and how it’s nothing I can control and the alarm bullying stopped there (not to say I wasn’t bullied for other stuff after that).

I was never that open about my anxiety over fire alarms, but sometimes it did slip through, and that did lead to bullying. I remember that people used to make fun of me in second and third grade, saying they were going to pull the fire alarm. Sometimes they would touch a thermostat in the men’s room and pretend that was the alarm. Then in 11th grade, I got visibly anxious when the gym teacher said there was going to be a fire drill, and I got mocked mercilessly for it throughout the rest of the school year, with certain people endlessly shouting “Fire drill!”, (badly) imitating the alarm, and making other related jokes.

What about if you knew at the time that the school bells were also being used as the fire alarm? Those IBM bells are pretty loud, especially when ringing as vibrating bells! Then again, you can know when the bells are going to ring on schedule…

But on topic, yes, I have been bullied in high school for it AND criticized by my parents for it. A couple of my teachers even had to send me to the principal’s office after a few fire drills because of it! But high school was the worst. It HAD to be the one with the loudest fire alarms in the city (Simplex 4040s on Continuous!) I think I even recall one teacher even nearly got a heart attack from them! I’m never going to step foot into that school building until they replace their fire alarm system…

K-6 grade, I had a teacher hold me hand during a fire alarm. A few times they had to pry me off of the teacher’s arm afterwards.

Exactly. Early on, I wasn’t allowed to wear a watch because I would be too distracted by it to concentrate on my schoolwork. After I was diagnosed and on medication in second grade I would wear a watch and synchronize it to the school clocks so I would know exactly when the bells were going to ring. And once I knew exactly when they were going to ring, I actually enjoyed being in the halls near one as it rang. :stuck_out_tongue:

When I started junior high, I would wear a watch to school as well and synchronize it to the master clock panel in the main office so I’d know exactly when the bells would ring. I even continued this practice in high school, where they had a tone on the intercom. But in that case I did it so I could be sure I wouldn’t be late for class! (Sometimes I’d also demonstrate this to classmates, counting down to when the tone would sound.)

I synchronized it to the master time clock, which wasn’t even visible to the public, and without slave clocks, using trial, error, and unofficial OCD.
Sometimes, on the announcements, the vice-principal would announce the time on the master clock, but I would be able to tell it was a lie.