10-year-old Cassidy Warner has been relentlessly bullied since the first grade.
Hugh Jackman sent out a message of support to Cassidy on Facebook after seeing the viral video in which the girl detailed the devastating effects of bullying in an emotional plea. The Greatest Showman star reposted the video with the following message:
“Hi Cassidy …. I’m Hugh. I want you to know you’re loved, special & smart. You’re strong, funny & beautiful both inside and out. BULLYING IS NOT OK. Please never stop asking for help. You will find it from people and places you never thought possible. I’m your friend. “
Told through a series of handwritten signs, Cassidy’s video went viral last month, shocking millions of people around the world. After the young girl’s Facebook page got taken down, her mom reposted the viral video, according to Men’s Health.
“The group of kids always comes up to me during recess, trying to fight me. They hit me, kicked me, pulled my hair, pushed me, stepped on me, spit on me. They also call me names,” Cassidy details.
And even when her bullies aren’t around, she can’t escape the isolation – whenever she sits at a lunch table, the other students get up and leave. “I feel so alone, I feel like I have no one. It hurts,” one of her signs reads. “They threaten to kill me, and they tell me to kill myself.”
A student of John Adams Elementary in Scranton, Pennsylvania, the young girl also shared in the video that her principal was aware of the behavior, but hadn’t done much to stop or alleviate the situation.
When I come home, my daughter will run to the door and give me a big hug, and everything that’s happened that day just melts away.
— Hugh Jackman
Since the video went viral, the school has changed Cassidy’s lunch and recess times, the Scranton Times-Tribune reported. According to the same source, the school is also conducting an internal investigation.
But it still begs the question, why was the young girl’s bullying allowed to go on for so long and why did no one intervene before? At the end of her video, Cassidy asks people to share her story and “Stop bullying! Not just for me, for other kids too.”
We should all be more like Wolverine and listen to her.