Bullying affects millions of students worldwide and many victims of bullying are afraid to stand up and tell their school about the problem, according to Stomp Out Bullying.
Tayla Sekhmet, a 12-year-old student at Dysart State High School in Australia, is the exception.
”Dysart State High School should do more to protect students like me so our education doesn't have to be hell," Sekhmet wrote on the petition.
She said that other students throw objects at her, call her names, and sexually harass her on a regular basis.
“I’m the most unpopular kid at school and people make my life a living hell,” Sekhmet wrote.
In addition to informing individual teachers and the school administration about the ongoing bullying occurring in the 12-year-old’s life, the Sekhmet family has attended meetings at the school about the issue, but nothing has seemed to help cease the bullying altogether.
With 75,000 signatures and her story going viral, Sekhmeht’s petition is proven to be a success.
Actor William Shatner posted a link to Sekhmet’s petition yesterday on Twitter, voicing his concerns to the Prime Minister of Australia.
“@TurnbullMalcolm Prime Minister with bullying being a major issue for the young I want to bring this to your attention,” Shatner wrote in addition to sharing the petition link.
Clearly something has gone wrong with the system if this poor girl needs a petition to get help from bullying. https://t.co/MP9HlmkMeW— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) June 17, 2016
Students need to feel as if school is their safe haven, not as if it is a place they are afraid to go to because of constant harassment.
Aside from being cruel and hurtful, bullying prevents students from learning and leads to mental illnesses, such as depression and suicidal attempts according to StopBulling.
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