If you’ve heard of cyberbullying, you know how bad it can be. If it isn’t bad enough to be bullied at school, being bullied while at home is even worse. With the rise of social media, bullying through the web has become a bigger problem. This is an inspirational story about a girl who overcame being bullied.
After being bullied with hateful words online, 17-year-old Lynelle Cantwell took it upon herself to standup for herself. She shared her thoughts on Facebook after being a victim of cyberbullying by one of her classmates at Holy Trinity High School.
Her post read:
“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.”
Lynelle’s post soon went viral and was shared over 7,000 times. With all the support she was getting, Lyndelle also wrote,
“I want everyone to know i appreciate all of the gifts and the attention i have received. However, what we are 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 also 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’s encouraging to see people want to make a change. Help Lynelle put an end to bullying. Please SHARE this with your friends and family.