A 10-year-old girl has revealed her years of torment at the hands of bullies in a heartbreaking video.
Cassidy Slater, from Duryea, Pennsylvania, posted the video on her Facebook page, in which she holds up pieces of paper that have her story written on them.
She reveals the abuse she’s suffered since she started first grade, including being attacked on numerous occasions, before ending with an emotional plea to people to ‘stop bullying.’
‘My name is Cassidy, I am 10 years old. I go to John Adams Elementary School,’ she wrote.
‘I am in 4th grade, I started getting bullied in 1st grade. One day during recess a group of kids grabbed my purse off of a teacher, and spit on it… and me.
‘The group of kids always come up to me during recess, trying to fight me. They hit me, kicked me, pulled my hair, pushed me, stepped on me, spit on me.
‘Kids don’t even want to go near me. Whenever I sit at a lunch table, the kids get up.
‘They threaten to kill me, and they tell me to kill myself. They also spilt milk all over my jacket.
‘They also call me names. 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.’
At the end of the video, her final piece of paper says: ‘This is my story… stop bullying!’
She urged people to share her story, adding that it was not just for her but for others as well.
Cassidy’s mother reposted her daughter’s video after it was taken down by Facebook because she is under the age required to have a profile.
Jenn Slater said it was removed from the social network after Scranton School District – which runs Cassidy’s school – reported it to Facebook.
‘I feel so alone, I feel like I have no one. It hurts’: Girl, 10, reveals how she has been bullied since first grade in heartbreaking video – prompting support from Hugh Jackman
Since Slater reshared her daughter’s video on April 4, it has attracted 165,000 views – and the attention of actor Hugh Jackman.
‘Hi Cassidy …. I’m Hugh. I want you to know you’re loved, special & smart,’ he wrote on Facebook.
‘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.’
Meanwhile, Cassidy’s father James Warner revealed he was unaware his daughter was being bullied until he saw her video.
‘It just devastated me,’ he told ABC News.
Warner, of Scranton, Pennsylvania, added: ‘I don’t know how to explain how it made me feel … even talking about it I get choked up.’
The father-of-four urged other parents to talk to their children about bullying.
‘I didn’t know it was that bad and that Cassidy was feeling how she was,’ he said.
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