Father Of Bullied Girl Claps Back In New Viral Video
Joshua Patton 2/6/2018
Parenting is a difficult and complex job, but at the end of the day, most parents just want their kids to be happy, healthy, and loved.
Sure there are life lessons to teach, many of them very difficult to learn, but the one thing parents want most in the world is for their kids to have a good life, free of pain and heartache. So, if a child is being bullied, it can have a huge effect on them in a very negative way.
When one Oakland, California dad found out his daughter was being bullied in school, he knew exactly what he needed to do.
Like any parent, this news shook him to the core. The concerned dad told People about his initial reaction to the news:
"A parent's first reaction, of course, is anger, but instead, I said, ‘You're beautiful Nia.' "
In the past, we told you about Khari Toure, whose daughter was being bullied at her school because of her weight. He wrote a song and produced a video telling her - and other kids who experience this - to love themselves.
He's back to follow up on that song with a new one, telling kids to believe in themselves and to try their best not to let bullying get them down.
According to statistics from the U.S. Government, a quarter of children say they've been bullied while nearly three-quarters say they've seen bullying happen to their peers. One study found that about half of the kids in grades four through 12 were bullied in the month preceding the survey.
While there are nationwide efforts to reduce bullying, it's just something that happens with people (and often the "bullies" are kids who experiencing bullying at home). So, one father is trying to send a message through music to kids who have to face this every day.
Along with stories of familiar bullying, Khari also sings a verse about kids with autism. Autism is a disorder that affects how kids see the world and behave socially. A study from 2012 found that children with autism can be bullied as much as five times morethan their peers without autism!
Bullying can lead to depression, other mental issues, poor performance in school, and even physical illness. For kids with autism, these effects are multiplied, because autism impairs the ability to read subtle social cues which are key in identifying bullying and reporting it.
Still, Khari's message is simple enough for anyone to grasp, but at the end of the day he just hopes it can inspire kids to treat each other better.
"I just wanted to create a video for children who have been bullied so that they can feel empowered."
This new video carries on that goal, by including lyrics that tell kids they can "do anything" they put their mind to. It details how the feelings they have are normal, but that sadness can be overcome with confidence.
It's a message we all can get behind.
Watch the video in full below and share it with the kids in your life!