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.
"[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.