Bullied Teenager Stands Up For Herself on Facebook, is Our New Hero

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Carleigh O'Connell is our new hero.

The 14-year old was recently on the receiving end of bullying from her classmates, who spray-painted “Carleigh’s Ass” on a cement block for the entire town to see.

Did Carleigh let the graffiti get her down? Did she respond to it by holing up in her room? No, quite the opposite:

Carleigh snapped a photo while posing proudly with the graffiti, posting the picture on Facebook and asking her mom to do the same.

Awesome Facebook Response

"[Carleigh] decided that she was going to be stronger than hurtful words on the concrete and that she was going to be proud of her figure," the teen's mom wrote on Facebook.

"She also told me that she feels complete sympathy for the teenagers across the country who face this everyday."

"She understands and wants all of them to find strength inside to rise above the nastiness and be empowered by who you are, how you are made and what is in your heart."

Carleigh told The Today that this taunting experience has been "empowering," adding that she hopes her message will inspire others.

"I didn't know I could look something in the face like that and conquer it," she said. "The biggest message I want to get across is just to be strong."

"Anyone who is experiencing bullying and anything like that, that they're not alone and there's people there for them - and I'm one of them."

Like we said, Carleigh O'Connell is our new hero. As are her parents, who instead of humiliating their kid on Facebook like some people (below), are empowering her.

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I always have heard and seen people or children who are bullied. Threatened, hurt, verbally abused, etc. It`s really hurt seeing people get hurt. "haters will say what they want, but their hate will never stop you from chasing your dream". I suggest a safety application you could use if you are in trouble. check this out for more info. http://safekidzone.com/#!/page...

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I always have heard and seen people or children who are bullied. Threatened, hurt, verbally abused, etc.. It`s really hurt seeing people get hurt. "haters will say what they want, but their hate will never stop you from chasing your dream". I suggest a safety application you could use if you are in trouble. check this out for more info. http://safekidzone.com/#!/page...

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It seems to me that if one wanted to indicate that she were not affected by the spray-painted message, just going about life as usual would do that. By even attempting to show others how unaffected one is, she has already shown that she is affected. Also, how does this girl know that the "Carleigh" named in the graffiti is her and not somebody else?

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I think the bullies are jealous girls. Everyone says that, this time its true.

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Carleigh, you've got a sexy ass! Forget the haters!

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She is being called a hero because instead of doing what the
standard procedure tells her to do she stood up for herself. Children are told
not to engage the bully, to inform an adult or authority figure to deal with
the bullying. (Which does not work) Some people might think that is not
bullying but it is how it starts. Once the person that is being bullied does
nothing about it they continue because what is going to stop them. They are
easy targets. But she took a stand to show them that is wasn’t an easy target
so they move on and leave her alone. Her actions sadly to say have no effect on
stopping people from bullying, it only effects who will bully her. I know this
because I have lived through it. People can say whatever they like about me
expressing this. I was bullied for 3 years at the beginning of high school. It
started out with name calling on the bus and things written on the gazebo by my
house (it was a picture of a penis with my name on it). The day after
everything happened I informed my school of what was happening, they gave them
a stern talking to and a warning. To which they laughed all the way out of the
office. Did absolutely nothing to stop them. Since I lived in the same building
as them it didn’t stop at school but continued at home. When I did laundry my
clothes were thrown all over the place. They would knock on my door at all
hours of the night, prank call me, scream at me through my window. When I would
walk home from the bus stop they would throw garbage at me (once it was a nasty
couch cushion, took multiple showers to get the smell out), rocks, or just grab
at my backpack. I ignored them like I was told to do. The school did nothing
about this since it was not on school property (since then bus stops are
considered school property, and students can be punished for misconduct). For
three years I tried to make the school do what they had promised me they would
do which was just to make it stop. For three years I followed what they wanted
me to do to handle the situation (worst mistake) I stayed in my house (I didn’t
want to run into them), my dad would drive me to school in the mornings and I
would walk the 3 miles home every day, and I would go completely out of my way
at school to avoid them. All of this would have continued to happen if I didn’t
have it on camera and an eye witness to the second time they chased me down
with their car. The first time it
happened we had called the police to which they denied it. So I avoided walking
in the parking lot, but they chased me down the fire lane while I was taking
out the garbage. Since it was a fire lane there was a camera and it went right
by the office where the maintaince man was. He was the one that called the
police. I was so hysterical and afraid that I kept running all the way to my
friend’s house. When I came home the
police were there, they left it up to me on whether or not I wanted to press
charges. She was facing losing her license and jail time. I am not a vindictive
person, I just wanted it to stop. I chose not to press charges if she would
just leave me alone. So the police informed her that I had a year to press
charges (I don’t know if that’s true but she believed it) so if anyone she knew
or if she herself did anything to me I could take her license and she would
face jail time. It took being chased down by a car twice to stop this bullying.
The school did nothing. Ignoring it or pretending it isn’t happening isn’t
working. I should have stood up for myself at the beginning when it was just a
little name calling and mean things being written. Then I wouldn’t have gone
through all of that. It changed my life, the way I do things, my relationships
with other people, and even just talking to people. So she is a hero to
herself, she faced her bullies and they will leave her alone. She isn’t worth
all the trouble, it’s not fun when they strike back. That is how bullies work
they prey on the weak not the strong. It starts small but if you don’t stand up
it will escalate. To those who consider mean things or things that imply
something mean not to be bulling you have no idea what you are talking about. This
let’s talk it out crap doesn’t work. Bullies laugh at it, it is not a consequence
to their actions. I tell my son who was getting picked on in KINDERGARTEN is
fight back. I told him I don’t care how much trouble he gets in at school
(which a strong talking to isn’t much) that he will not be in trouble at home
(as long as they were really being bullies). Now before anyone says it
kindergarten and I am being over sensitive let me explain what happened. He was
pushed down on the playground held there until he cried and was laughed at. Then
he was pushed down in the bathroom, had his shoes taken then they put them in
the urinal. He was made to wear those shoes the rest of the day. The school who
was informed of this thought it wasn’t a big deal that my son wear the shoes
they put in the urinal. Not only is it disgusting but humiliating for my son. I
have no faith in that school to prevent or even handle bullying. That is why I
told him to fight back and stand up for himself. Not only do they leave him
alone now but my son sticks up for others who are being bullied.

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@Tiffany, that is a heart wrenching story. As someone who experienced bullying through high school I know time doesnt always heal those emotional wounds. I avoid my high school re-unions like the plague (next year will make it 20yrs since we graduated). Heaven knows you could have been killed being chased down by a car and at the end of it all, if she hires a really good lawyer, all the bully will get is time in juvie and that wouldnt bring you back to life. The students in my case got suspended but in their absence their friends made my life a living hell and I seriously considered taking my life to end it all. Bullying in whatever form should never be trivialized. In this day and age where so much emphasis is placed on looks and we have anorexic and bulimic teenagers and preteens, I think Carleigh should be commended for loving herself the way she is. And Tiffany, I'm glad you are teaching your son to stand up for himself.

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@Samantha Lynn. If you were truly bullied then why would you turn around bullying this innocent girl that doesn't even know you. She stood up and told people fuck you if you bully. It didn't phase her and I can't see why people would bully her for how big her butt is. Thats childish and stupid. Have you seen the worlds biggest butt? Yeah its not on a white girl its on a black girl. But even she has a husband so you shouldn't judge that either. People die every day because they feel so terrible about being bullied and yet people still do it. I was bullied to the point of not eating and cutting myself but I am a better stronger person because of it. Way to go Carleigh!

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Funny how people try to "bully" someone because she has a big butt. Too bad, when they're older, they'll only wish they had a big one. Good for her for sticking up for herself. The bullies are just jealous.

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Self confidence is so valuable!

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Carleigh has a nice ass, young and nice smooth skin.. As an older woman, I appreciate what she does have, not what some mean-spirited person thinks she doesn't have. People are sometimes so petty and really, who cares what they think? Unless they're paying my bills, they are unimportant to me, or to Carleigh. I'm glad she is mature enough to see the manipulation of others.