Not sure if it's the best message, but it is catchy!
A feud between two East Sparta, OH, families has gone viral, thanks to home video that captures a father and son bullying 10-year-old Hope Holcomb, who suffers from cerebral palsy.
The video, captured by Hope's grandmother, shows William Bailey and his 9-year-old son mocking Hope's distinctive limp. Bailey claims his limp is due to a work related accident -- still no explanation for Bailey The Younger's limp -- and that the Holcombs have been equally ruthless, teasing his son about his seizures and ADHD.
Nobody is buying the excuses, and no decision has been made on whether charges will be filed, so Mr. Bailey's public shaming will have to suffice for now.
Last Friday, Wisconsin news anchor Jennifer Livingston received an email from a viewer attacking her weight.
This morning, she responded to him on the air:
To the person who wrote me that letter — do you think I don't know that? That your cruel words are pointing out something that I don't see?...
Livingston went on to point out that October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and that she hopes the incident will raise awareness of bullying behavior, which is "passed down from people like the man who wrote me that email."
If you are at home and talking about the fat news lady, guess what? Your children are probably going to go to school and call someone fat.
Sophomore Whitney Kropp was an unpopular outsider with few friends when her classmates nominated her for the school Homecoming court.
She was elated -- until she realized it was all a cruel prank.
After the boy who was picked with her withdrew, "I thought I wasn't worthy," said Kropp, 16. "I was this big old joke."
But then word of the prank spread and residents of her small Michigan town pledged their support -- and she decided to stand up to the bullying and embrace her new role.
"Going to homecoming to show them that I'm not a joke," she wrote on Facebook. "Im a beautiful person and you shouldn't mess with me!"
At Friday night's Homecoming football game, residents turned out in droves to see her introduced at halftime, all wearing orange, Kropp's favorite color.
For the Homecoming dance the next evening, local businesses made sure her expenses were covered, including dinner, photos, hair and nails, and gown and shoes.
How did it all turn out?
"I'm overwhelmed," Kropp said. "I'm so happy -- this is so much right now for me."
If you can get past the fact that this is a clip from The X Factor, and that Britney Spears is in it, and that it's 11 minutes long, press play.
On Wednesday night's show, 19-year-old contestant Jillian Jensen was so overcome with pain from a lifetime of being bullied that she barely made it through her audition -- and her triumph brought the audience and the judges to tears.
No joke -- Simon Freaking Cowell was in tears.
Just a very cool moment.
Nadia Ilse's "elephant ears" long ago earned her the name "Dumbo" from classmates. By the time she was 10, she was pestering her mom for an otoplasty, an operation to pin her ears back:
The taunting hurt so much.
Now, at 14, her wish has been granted -- and for free, by New York-based Little Baby Face Foundation, a nonprofit that provides surgery for kids who are bullied for their physical appearance.
Of course, the foundation's Dr. Thomas Romo recommended Nadia go all out, so in addition to having her ears pinned back, Nadia received a nose job and a newly symmetrical chin.
Next up for Nadia? Counseling, and working to regain the confidence she'd lost over the years.
Don't miss the teen's revealing post-surgery interview with Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
UPDATE: Online donations to send Karen Huff Klein on "the vacation of a lifetime" have nearly reached $40,000. Click here to contribute.(Also -- looks legit. The kid who started the fundraiser says he is working on transferring control of the donations to Klein.)
Read this and weep -- Karen Huff Klein, a 68-year-old bus monitor for the Greece Central School District in Rochester, NY, recently was harassed to tears by a group of teens, who captured their abuse on video and gleefully shared it on Facebook.
Their bullying is tough to stomach, but here are a few choice excerpts:
No one deserves to be driven to tears by juvenile delinquents with big mouths and no shame. Help send these kids to prison here (though this link contains some offensive content, itself).
(Not Safe For Work -- teenage a**holes.)