Yesterday in vocational school I (mostly inadvertently) hurt someone's feelings very badly.
In our IT class in vocational school, there is just one girl. She's pretty overweight. I don't know her well at all, essentially only from school, which is only once a week, and even then only in passing.
I have an injury on my left foot. It's not really visible from the outside - the bandage is under my socks and I was wearing normal shoes.
She stepped on my foot. Not on purpose, but it hurt like hell (you can imagine, with an injury on that foot).
So of course I reacted by doubling over in pain. She asked why I was making such a big deal (in hindsight I realize this may have very well looked like I exaggerated it for comedic effect, even though I didn't. I'm not in the habit of announcing my medical problems to my entire class).
In my anger I said something to the effect of:
If you would weigh like 50kgs less, this wouldn't have been such a big deal
I know this was an unacceptable thing to say, and I immediately saw what a grave mistake that was. The rest of the (all male) IT class erupted in laughter, while she sobbed for the rest of the lesson on her seat. When the class was dismissed, she left very quickly without looking at anyone.
I'm looking to make amends. I didn't want to hurt her feelings badly for what was probably a mistake and not intentional.
How do I go about doing this? I have a feeling she's probably unwilling to talk to me at all at this point.