Classmates Rally Around Student Who Was Bullied For Having Cancer

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald Pellot graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a degree in Writing & Popular Culture. She worked as Senior Editor of College Candy for 2 years, covering feminism, popular culture, and college life before joining LittleThings in 2015. Based in New York City, Emerald covers a wide range of topics from human interest pieces to celebrity news.

There’s nothing worse than seeing a child bullied. A few simple words and insults can become another person’s emotional and psychological torture. When Claire Pfister saw that her 14-year-old daughter, Nicole, was being bullied because she had cancer, she couldn’t believe it. Like Lynelle Cantwell who was voted ugliest girl in school by her bullies, Claire was devastated.

“We were just all really mad. I was really depressed. I started crying because it’s something I can’t control. I mean, it’s just something that really made me feel bad about yourself,” Nicole said. The bullies, a former beau and his new girlfriend, had been harassing her since March; but once they started posting photos online and rallying other students to join, Claire found out and, as a mother, knew she had to do something about it.

What she didn’t expect was that there would be dozens and even hundreds of others who would want to do something about it, too, on behalf of her and Nicole…

Nicole Pfister is a 14-year-old from Laredo, Texas. She’s been battling leukemia for some time now. Little did she know that her struggle with the illness would cause her to be the subject of bullying.

Students have been bullying Nicole by making fun of her cancer and encouraging her to commit suicide.

“That’s when I saw these two horrific Instagram posts about my child. So, as soon as I saw them, I was furious,” Nicole’s mom, Claire told KGNS’s Valerie Gonzalez.

The caption on the photo reads:

“Knock, knock, Who’s there, Not your white blood cells, that’s for sure.” 

Another photo, too obscene to share, suggested Nicole should take her own life. Furious, Nicole’s mom shared the photo on Facebook as a call to action to stop bullying. After going viral, what happened next was amazing…

Students got together with Nicole’s mom to create #TeamNicole shirts and a Facebook page. They came to school by the dozens wearing orange in solidarity.

The two bullies, who have been arrested on public hazing charges, were outnumbered by the love and kindness of her peers. NFL player Devon Still, whose daughter has battled cancer, got wind of Nicole’s situation and offered to take the entire Pfister family to Disney World.

Nicole forgives her bullies, and although this hurt her feelings, after surviving cancer, she knows she can overcome anything.

“It was a simple mistake. And everybody makes mistakes, and everybody deserves a second chance,” Nicole said. “I went through this whole cancer thing. I’ve been through the worst. So, I’m ready for anything that comes past.”

See more of her incredible story in the video below!

 Warning: The following video contains upsetting content.

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