On April 4, Jenn Slater shared an emotional selfie video of her daughter, Cassidy, showing the fourth-grader as she holds up signs with statements describing the bullying that she’s endured throughout her time in school. Since Slater posted the video, it has received more than 160,000 likes, thousands of shares, and an outpouring of supportive comments.
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“One day during recess, a group of kids grabbed my purse off a teacher, and pit on it and me,” said one sign in the video, according to a report by ABC News.
“Kids don’t even want to go near me. Wherever I sit at a lunch table, the kids get up,” read another. “They threaten to kill me, and they tell me to kill myself.”
James Warner, Cassidy’s father, said he originally saw the video on his daughter’s own Facebook page, which, according to him, was taken down after another Facebook user filed an anonymous report.
“It just devastated me,” said Warner. “I don’t know how to explain how it made me feel… even talking about it, I get choked up.”
After the original post was removed, Slater reposted it to her own Facebook page.
Warner said that Cassidy had been the victim of bullying since the first grade. While he first attributed it to “kids being kids,” he noted that it “got worse” as time passed.
Slater and Warner have been working with the school, going as far as to discuss changing her lunch and recess time, or having her switch classrooms, but it isn’t something Cassidy wants to do.
According to Warner, “At that point Cass was feeling like, ‘I didn’t do anything wrong. Why am I the one who has to change everything?”
The video has also garnered a lot of comments, with the vast majority offering support to Cassidy.
Actor Hugh Jackman even responded, sharing the version of Cassidy’s video shared by ABC News on Facebook.
“Hi Cassidy… I’m Hugh,” said the comment from Jackson. “I want you to know you’re loved, special & smart. You’re strong, funny & beautiful both inside and out.”
“BULLYING IS NOT OK,” he added. “Please never stop asking for help. You will find it from people and places you never thought possible. I’m your friend.”
Warner described the response to Cassidy’s plea as “overwhelming,” saying, “Never in a million years did I think it would have this many shares and comments.”
“Cass has been getting comments from all over the world,” he added, “and it’s so much positive stuff.”
“Words can’t explain how grateful I am for it.”
“I hope parents will just sit down with their kids and talk to them,” Warner stated. “I didn’t know it was that bad and that Cassidy was feeling how she was. Make sure [your children are] not being bullied and not bullying someone else.”