10-Year-Old Being Spit On At School. Her Response Brings Millions To Tears
Cailyn Finkel 4/12/2018
While some us look back at our elementary and middle school days with fondness, there's a large portion of us who wish we could forget that era forever. Sadly, bullying is a real problem in the United States -- as well as around the world.
Children harass other peers to the breaking point and then mock them when they try to isolate themselves. This nightmare scenario is what millions of students around the country experience on a daily basis and one of those students is 10-year-old Cassidy Slater...
Cassidy's mother, Jenn, says their hometown of Duryea, Pennsylvania has turned into a minefield of bullying and abuse. Her daughter's peers have made life miserable by threating to hurt her physically, tormenting her emotionally, and making her feel as though she has no one to turn to when things get rough.
Unfortunately, even school officials weren't able to step in and ease Cassidy's suffering. With no one to confide in, Cassidy decided to speak out about the abuse on her Facebook page. With a series of handwritten notes, the fourth-grader from John Adams Elementary School explained the terror she's dealt with over the past few years.
From being pushed around to children spitting on her and her belongings and others telling her to die, the time she spends at school is pure pain. Instead of hiding these emotions, Cassidy wrote them down and shared them online in hopes that it would inspire people to stop bullying others and take this issue more seriously.
Cassidy's father, James Warner told ABC News that watching his daughter explain the bullying she's been through was one of the hardest things he's ever had to do.
"It just devastated me. I don't know how to explain how it made me feel... even talking about it, I get choked up."
In the days since Cassidy's mother posted her video online, it's spread farther than she ever imagined. One of the people who watched her heartfelt plea was Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe winner Hugh Jackman. He personally reached out to the 10-year-old to say:
"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."
The attention surrounding Cassidy's video on bullying also caught the attention of district officials. Her father met up with the principal of Cassidy's school and the superintendent of the Scranton School District to discuss how to make things better for his daughter and other victims of bullying. Progress is being made -- slowly but surely.
He said the spotlight his daughter shone on the issue is all he could ever ask for, now it's on other parents to discuss the issue with their children.
"I hope parents will just sit down with their kids and talk to them. 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."
Watch Cassidy's heartbreaking plea to the world here.