痛くもかゆくもない couldn't care less
(Watching the news)
Kenichi: It's so painful to hear about kids dying by suicide because they've been bullied at school.
Rachel: It really is. And it's infuriating when adults refuse to admit that the young person had been bullied.
Kenichi: Did you ever get bullied when you were younger?
Rachel: Some girls in school tried to.
Kenichi: What do you mean that "they tried to?"
Rachel: They spread awful rumors about me and excluded me from group activities.
Kenichi: So you were bullied.
Rachel: Well, they weren't successful, because I couldn't have cared less about what they were saying about me or doing to me.
Kenichi: Why not?!
Rachel: I had a whole life outside of school. I was on a gymnastics team, where I had great friends, and they comprised my social life, since our families hung out together, too. I was close to my extended family also, so I had a great family life. School took up little emotional space for me, so whatever happened there didn't affect me so much.
Kenichi: I knew you were close to your friends from gymnastics and your relatives, but I didn't realize the extent of it.
Rachel: They saved me from what could've been a sad adolescence.
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