You’ve probably heard that cyberbullying, or bullying through the use of electronic technology, has increasingly become a problem in our schools today. With the rise of social media, the problem has only become worse. Bullying is no longer confined to the school campus — victims of cyberbullying are being harassed in their own homes.
I remember when I used to be bullied back at school. I hated it. It makes me feel for anyone that’s a victim of bullying today. And it’s what makes this young girl’s story of how she overcame her bullies so touching to me.
Meet Lynelle Cantwell. She’s a 17 year old girl that recently decided to post her thoughts on cyberbullying on Facebook after she found that she was a victim of cyberbullying by her fellow classmates at Holy Trinity High School.
Lynelle could’ve decided to run and hide. Instead, she decided to take a courageous stand:
“To the person that made the “ugliest girls in grade 12 at hth” ask.FM straw poll. I’m sorry that your life is so miserable that you have to try to bring others down. To the 12 people that voted for me to bring me to 4th place. I’m sorry for you too. I’m sorry that you don’t get to know me as a person. I know that i’m not the prettiest thing to look at. I know i have a double chin and i fit in XL clothes. I know i don’t have the perfect smile or the perfect face. But i’m sorry for you. Not myself.
I’m sorry that you get amusement out of making people feel like [crap]. I’m sorry that you’ll never get the chance to know the kind of person i am. I may not look okay on the outside.. But i’m funny, nice, kind, down to earth, not judgemental, accepting, helpful, and i’m super easy to talk to. Thats the same for every other girl on that list that you all put down. Just because we don’t look perfect on the outside does not mean we are ugly. If thats your idea of ugly then i feel sorry for you. Like seriously? Get a life.”
Her post has already been shared over 7,000 times. And because of all the support she’s been receiving, Lynelle followed up by saying,
I want everyone to know i appreciate all of the gifts and the attention i have received. However, what we are fighting fighting for is to give everyone a voice when it comes to bullying and to take the power back from the bully. Hopefully the attention i have received worldwide will help us to achieve this goal. I don’t want anyone to feel left out or powerless. Together we are all fighting for this same goal. Lets put a stop to bullying here and now.
She then told TODAY.COM,
“Cyber bullying happens in every school,” she said. “I was taught to take the high road. I think we teens need to encourage and complement each other more than be mean to each other. It’s also important for teens to think about those who are doing the bullying. They’re obviously not happy with something in their own lives and have to take it out on others.”
It only takes one person to take a stand to bring change. Let’s put an end to bullying.
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