A simple video from a 10-year-old from Pennsylvania has exploded on social media. The clip is a little over two minutes long but the message that Cassidy Warner is trying to get across is resonating across the world. The fourth-grader, from the town of Duryea, holds up cards during the video explaining who she is and that she has been bullied since the first grade.
Warner says she has been spat on, had milk spilt on her jacket and regularly gets called names. Heartbreakingly, Warner tells the world that she feels alone. Warner’s mother, Jenn Slater, wrote on her Facebook page that when the Scranton School District got wind of the video, they asked for it to be removed. The clip first appeared on Warner’s Facebook page. The district objected, citing Warner’s age. In reposting the video, Slater said, “I will be my daughter’s voice. I will share her story and hope others will share it too.”
You can watch the full video below.
As requested, everyone wanted me to repost… This is a video my daughter Cassidy posted orginally from her own Facebook page, her caption said " please everyone help share my story about being bullied not only for me but for everyone" Her story reached 22k views before the Scranton School Dirstict contacted Facebook and her facebook got shut down because she's not 13 and of age to have a facebooK. She was threatened by the principal to remove the video or he was going to report it and he was successful. But this does not stop here, I will be my daughters voice I will share her story and I hope others will share too, this Isn't about the shares or views or if it goes viral its about spreading awareness although seeing that smile on Cassidy's face each time the number of views and shares got larger that was everything. Shes upset she has to start all over but let's do this for her….please share her story let's put that smile back on her face!!!
Posted by Jenn Slater on Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Hollywood Megastar Hugh Jackman Has Paid Tribute to Warner
Among the hundreds of thousands of people who have watched and been moved by Warner’s story is Hugh Jackman. In a post on his official Facebook page, Jackman wrote, “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.”
Cassidy Warner’s Father Says She Has Been Moved to a Different Lunch & Recess
Speaking to the Scranton Times-Tribune, Cassidy Warner’s father, James Warner, said that John Adams Elementary School has moved the 10-year-old to a different lunch and recess time. The newspaper says that Warner lives with her father and two older siblings. James Warner told the Times-Tribune about his reaction to seeing the video, “A million things went through my head. The first thing was, I was failing (in) my job as a parent.”