According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, 1 in 5 students are bullied. That’s just over 20% of school-aged kids. One girl, Cassidy Slater, is in 4th grade and just had enough.
In response to continual bullying, she created a video recently and posted it on Facebook detailing her story and encouraging us to spread her message. Well, here we are Cassidy—spreading your message to millions.
In complete silence, she starts out the video by showing the following handwritten words on paper slides she crafted herself:
“My name is Cassidy. I am 10 years old.
“I go to John Adams Elementary.
“I am in 4th grade. I started getting bullied in 1st grade.
“One day during recess, a group of kids grabbed my purse off a teacher and spit on it...and me. The group of kids always come up to me during recess trying to fight me. They hit me, kicked me, pulled my hair, pushed me, stepped on me…
“Kids don’t even want to go near me. Whenever I sit at a lunch table, the kids get up. They threaten to kill me, and they tell me to kill myself.
“They also spill milk all over my jacket. They also call me names. There are 4 of them and only 1 of me. The principal doesn’t do anything.
“I feel so alone, I feel like I have no one. It hurts.
“This is my story...stop bullying! Not just for me, for others kids too. Please share my story! Thank you."
Cassidy’s lives with her father, James Warner, and two older sisters. Her father’s heart broke when he saw her message. “‘A million things went through my head,’ Warner told the Times-Tribune. ‘The first thing was, I was failing (in) my job as a parent.’”
From that point, he did everything he could to make sure his daughter was safe, including meeting with the principal.
“The school changed Cassidy’s lunch period and her recess, Warner said, and offered to put her in a different fourth-grade class. Cassidy decided to stay in the same class, Warner told the newspaper.”
“‘The principal has taken this very seriously,’ she told the Times-Tribune. ‘He’s conducted an investigation, looked into everything and talked to the parents.’”
Cassidy’s video got over 22k views in the Scranton School district before it was shut down. Because you have to be 13 to have a Facebook account, and her video said she was 10, her account was removed. Even still, it has been shared over 1,700 times and viewed 28,000 times—even with an account removal. How? Her mother, Jennifer Slater, put it up on her Facebook page the day it was removed.
She states, “‘I will be my daughter’s voice,’ Slater wrote on Facebook. ‘I will share her story, and I hope others will share, too.’”
Will you help us in sharing her story? Share now and stop bullying for every child!
If you are being bullied and need help, don’t suffer in silence, go here for resources.
In other news, these people cared more about a bullied burger than a bullied child. Check out the video here.