Some children can be very mean, and if nobody intervenes, things can escalate. When adults don’t realize how much their kids bully others or are bullied, someone needs to take a stand. This fourth-grader took an emotional video, holding signs and describing her experience at the school since she was in the first grade.
Cassidy, a 10-year-old girl, has a heart-breaking message for everyone out there, telling how she feels every day at school. Her video became viral, and some famous people started to send her video and messages to support her plea! You won’t believe what this famous actor told Cassidy!
20. BULLIED AT SCHOOL
Cassidy Slater has shared her video on her Facebook page on 4th April, holding up signs and telling everyone who would play the clip how being bullied feels for a 10-year-old. The mother, Jenn Slater of Duryea, Pennsylvania, also shared her daughter’s video – but none of them thought that they would get this much attention!
19. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE REACTED
Slater shared the video and then was overwhelmed by the shares and likes she received for being honest and for calling for help. She has gathered thousands of shares and over 200,000 likes! Cassidy’s father, James Warner, did not see the video until it was posted online. His reaction was heart-breaking…
18. KIDS BEING KIDS
“It just devastated me. I don’t know how to explain how it made me feel…even talking about it I get choked up,” said the girl’s father.
He said that it all started as “kids being kids,” with calling names, but then it got worse over the next years. You won’t believe what the principal proposed!
17. WHO WAS BEING PUNISHED?
He and his wife are separated, but remain in close communication, he said. They met to talk with the principal, who figured out a solution – to change the girl’s lunch time, recess time and classroom. Then, Warner said: “At that point Cass was feeling like, ‘I didn’t do anything wrong. Why am I the one who has to change everything?'”
Can you believe the principal’s decision at 1?
16. IT GOT WORSE
The father explained that he had no idea how bad the bullying got until he saw her video before it was anonymously reported by a Facebook user and got removed. Don’t worry, her mother reposted it and said this gut-wrenching words at #2. In an interview with the Scranton Times-Tribune, the father said this…
15. FAILED AS A PARENT?
When he saw the video, Warner said that “a million things went through my head. The first thing was, I was failing [in]my job as a parent.” What was so disturbing about the message sent to the public by her daughter? Let’s check out her story in the video.
14. “MY NAME IS CASSIDY”
The video starts with Cassidy looking at the camera and explaining in a series of written signs how she spends her days at school: “My name is Cassidy. I am 10 years old. I go to John Adams Elementary School. I am in 4th grade. I started getting bullied in 1st grade.” Then, things start getting ugly.
13. “STEPPED ON ME”
“One day during Recess A group of kids grabbed my purse off of a teacher, and spit on it.. and me..” But that’s not all: “They hit me, kicked me, pulled my hair, pushed me, stepped on me, spit on me…”
And when they’re not physically abusing her, that group and many others avoid her…
12. ALONE AND MISERABLE
The poor kid felt alone and miserable, not having a friend at the school probably because the rest were also afraid of that group of bullies: “Whenever I sit at a lunch table, the kids get up.” But then Cassidy shares a revolting message: “They threaten to kill me, and they tell me to kill myself.”
Nobody was expecting this at #8!
11. STOP BULLYING
Cassidy adds that they also call her names, spill milk on her and that nobody does anything: “There’s 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.” In the last moments of the video, she concludes that bullying has to stop, adding this last message…
10. TALKING WITH THE SCHOOL
She asks people to share her story and stop bullying, “not just for me, but for other kids, too.”
How was this video perceived? Warner went to meet with the principal at the school and the superintendent of the Scranton School District and find a solution to this problem. Here’s what he intended to do…
9. HUGH JACKMAN RESPONDED
Actor Hugh Jackman saw the video and shared it from ABC News on his official Facebook account writing a heartwarming message:
“Hi Cassidy …. I’m Hugh. I want you to know you’re loved, special & smart. You’re strong, funny & beautiful both inside and out. BULLYING IS NOT OK. Please never stop asking for help. You will find it from people and places you never thought possible. I’m your friend.”
8. THE YANKEES SHARED A SIMILAR VIDEO TO CASSIDY
On Twitter, the Yankees shared a tweet saying that she is not alone and that they will have her back. The team filmed a video similar to Cassidy’s sending her a lunch invitation and all the support she ever needs. You’ll see CC Sabathia, Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Manager Aaron Boone, and many others!
7. YOU ARE OUR FRIEND
The team told Cassidy that she is their friend and they would let her have lunch with them – as she mentioned that she would take lunch at school alone. The team told her they would stand with her and she is not alone: “Dear Cassidy. My name is C.C. Sabathia and I play baseball for the New York Yankees…”
6. “WE LOOK UP TO YOU”
“My teammates and I wanted you to know that we care about you,” added C.C. Sabathia. Then, his teammates add: “We know sharing your story must have been difficult but you showed courage and strength and inspired us to reach out to you.” They tell her many things, including that she is a person they look up to!
5. “WE GOT YOUR BACK!”
“You are not alone! Count the New York Yankees among your friends! You can sit next to us at lunch anytime!!! In fact, we are saving a seat for you at our lunch table in the clubhouse. Bullying is WRONG,” added the teammates, concluding that nobody should be made feel bad about who they are:
“We need to care for each other. There are 25 of us on this team! And we all got your back!!!!”
4. PARENTS TALKING WITH THEIR KIDS
The father hopes that this video will make the parents talk with their kids: “I didn’t know it was that bad and that Cassidy was feeling how she was. Make sure [your children]they’re not being bullied or not bullying someone else.”
Cassidy’s mother said that after getting so many messages, the last few days have been crazy and eventful…
3. KIDS NOT SUPPOSED TO FEEL LIKE THIS
“I never once tried to put the blame on the school,” explained the father in the interview, adding that “the whole purpose was to let everybody see that these kids are not supposed to be feeling like this.”
The mother reposted the video on Facebook after it was taken down saying this gut-wrenching message in the description.
2. CASSIDY’S VOICE
“I will be my daughters voice I will share her story and I hope others will share too,” wrote Slater.
The father admitted that he didn’t expect to see so many replies from all over the world – even from celebrities, who were all rooting for Cassidy and sending their support: “Words cant explain how grateful I am for it.”
1. OVERWHELMING RESPONSES
“Everyone has helped put a smile on her face and gave her so much confidence shes so full of life, thank you all!!!” – wrote the mother. Unfortunately, the solution for Cassidy’s problem was to have her recess and lunch at a different other than the other kids. As for the bully group, they only pick on her in the class, in front of the teacher, who pretends she doesn’t hear it.