Over the last couple of years bullying has reared its head as the most serious issue faced by children and teens today. To spread the word about this issue, try to garner support and put an end to bullying, teens and adults alike have turned to YouTube. Sad, as well as inspiring, stories of bullying have gone viral over the past year and we’ve compiled a list of some of the most moving and emotional videos shared.
What’s going on…
We were inspired to put this list together thanks to this video, which went viral over the weekend and has already racked up over 3.1 million views. It features Jonah Mowry, a gay teen who has been bulled since first grade, telling his emotional story on flash cards.
Although this video just went viral, it was created three months ago, just before Jonah began his eighth grade year. Perez Hilton reports that Jonah is doing well and happy, despite the fact that many cyber-haters have bullied Jonah further in the past couple of days, calling his video fake.
Yesterday Jonah resurfaced in a video in which he feels obligated to show his scars as “proof,” but appears to be doing much better than when he made the original video.
Words DO Hurt
Back in March, 13-year old Alye Pollack went viral with a similar video, in which she tells the story of her bullying by holding up note cards. It looks like Alye served as an inspiration for Jonah’s video as well.
15-year old Casey Heynes from Australia became a viral sensation last March when he stood up to his bully, body slamming him. The video riled up a lot of support for Casey, but was also controversial. Many people felt that Casey shouldn’t have resorted to violence, but others felt he had no other option. What’s your opinion?
Bully Richard Gale Interview (Bully of Casey Heynes)
This interview with Casey’s bully, Richard Gale, delves a little bit deeper into the story of the video above.
Kids React To Bullying
As an adult it can be hard to grasp how kids these days really feel about bullying. In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, The Fine Brothers showed the ‘Kids React’ kids the Casey Heynes video and ask the kids to react and share their personal stories about bullying and what they think schools and parents can do to prevent it. It’s really interesting to hear about bullying from a kids’ perspective.
It Gets Better, I promise!
The following story is incredibly sad. Jamey Rodemeyer, a 14-year old from Buffalo, New York, created this inspirational video about how he has been bullied and that his idols like Lady Gaga give him the courage to live on and that he knows that it gets better. Unfortunately, Jamey’s video went viral in September after he took his own life. Embedding for this video has been disabled. Click here to watch it on YouTube.
Lady Gaga – Hair (A Jamey Rodemeyer Tribute)
Lady Gaga pays tribute to Jamey at one of her concerts.
Joel Burns tells gay teens “it gets better”
This incredibly moving video has been viewed over 2.6 million times in a little over a year. Fort Worth, Texas City Councilman Joe Burns tells his personal story of inspiration and hope at a City Council meeting in the hopes of helping bullied kids understand that it really does get better.
Bullied Kid Turns Survivor
Bullying doesn’t have to end badly. CBS reports a story of a bully that had a change of heart and actually ended up befriending his victim and helping him make positive changes.
Anti-Bullying Flashmob January 2011
In honor of International Anti-Bullying Day last February, two schools came together to organize a flash mob with an anti-bullying message of acceptance.
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.