Sadly, the bullying epidemic in the U.S. continues.
Whether it’s in America’s school where one-third of students is involved in some type of bullying or it’s celebrities getting victimized online for simply just being related to another celebrity. The bullying continues and it’s damaging children all over the world.
“When I was 14, I got so much hatred that I tried to kill myself,” said Paris Jackson, daughter of the late Michael Jackson. Paris posted a video to YouTube, in which she tearfully recalled the bullying she experienced when she was 14. Now, four years later, the bullying continues.
“I don’t understand how there can be so much hatred in the world right now,” Paris added. “I’ve tried sticking up for myself. I’ve tried the whole ‘blocking the haters’ thing, not reading the comments… I’ve tried a lot of things; ignoring it. But it’s hard.”
According to US Magazine, Paris spoke about the unfair treatment to another young celebrity, Justin Bieber, and the women he dates. Because Bieber has such a large following of fans, whenever the young man begins to date someone, that poor girl is berated on social media simply for doing something all those who are bullying wish they were doing.
“I have known his girlfriend, Sofia, since I was like, 12 or 13,” Paris continued on about the online bullying. “She’s one of the sweetest girls in the world and people are telling her to kill herself.”
These kids should not be subjected to bullying just because they’re famous. Unfortunately, the bullying continues on a much more private scale as well inside the schools around the country.
“May car was paintballed several times,” said Jaxon Stevens, who was bullied so much he had to change schools. Stevens, 18, had an idea for an anti-bullying app while he was still in high school.
NWCN reports that OutBully, a new app for reporting and responding to school bullying incidents is in the “platform” stage right now, according to Stevens. Stevens launched the app this year, which allows students to semi-anonymously report bullying incidents.
“If you’re a student and see someone being bullied and see someone who has been bullied,” Stevens said, “You can go online and submit a report in less than two minutes.”
OutBully’s team is trying to expand their app to other schools and decrease the amount of bullying across the country.