Bullied Girl Pleads For Help In Online Petition

A 12-year-old student in Australia created a petition on Change.org to take a stand against bullying in schools and she obtained thousands of signatures.

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.

Sekhmet started a petition on Change.org, asking the public to sign the petition to raise awareness and show her school that other people also want to take a stand against bullying, according to Mic.

”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. 

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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