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School Blames Bullied Girl For Being ‘Weird,’ But Mom Fights Back Against The Administration

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.

This heartbreaking documentary is one of the most powerful examinations of bullying we’ve ever seen.

It follows 12-year-old Tayla as she deals with horrific bullying.

The school had no idea what to do about the ongoing harassment so they put Tayla in an isolation room all by herself. This only made Tayla feel like something was wrong with her, quarantined from the “regular” kids.

Her mother Kali took it upon herself to fight tooth and nail to ensure that Tayla be protected by the school administration but the school was failing. In fact, the principal told Kali that it was Tayla’s fault for being bullied because she was “weird.”

The 12-year-old became so depressed, she stopped eating and attempted suicide.

“I wanted to die,” Tayla says. “I wanted to leave this world and never come back.”

But Kali wasn’t going to sit down and let bullies destroy her beloved daughter. When the school wouldn’t do anything, when therapy wasn’t helping, Kali knew she had to make a big change. Kali sent Tayla to live with her grandfather.

The results have already been night and day. Tayla can look back at her time being bullied and her depression with the wisdom to know that yes, things were bad back then, but that she has been loved all along. Kali and Tayla’s brothers will be moving to the new town and joining Kali so that they can all get a fresh start as family.

However, Kali doesn’t want to stop the fight there. She believes the government should enact laws that make clear consequences for bullying. Kali and many others believe that if bullying can drive someone to suicide, depression, or eating disorders, the bully be held accountable in some way. What do you believe?

If you or someone you know is being bullied at school or the work place, please visit StopBullying.gov or call the toll-free 24-hour hotline 1-800-273-TALK.

Please SHARE this powerful message to take a stance against bullying, it could save a child’s life.

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