LETTERS OF SUPPORT DELIVERED
Be A Friend to RACHAEL!
Heartbroken 7th Grader's first words to her mom after vicious school bus attack, "Why don't these kids like me? I've done nothing to them."
NO ONE DESERVES TO BE BULLIED, EVER!
Kids will search their minds for WHAT they might have done or said to get bullied. We are here to tell every bullied child...
you did NOTHING wrong! It is never your fault.
Currently in 8th Grade, Rachael was constantly bullied throughout her middle school years in North Carolina. Her mom says Rachael came home almost every day talking about being called names like "FAT" and "UGLY." Rachael often didn't know the kids that bullied her, and when reporting the VERBAL ABUSE to the school administration, they said they couldn't do anything if she didn't have a name.
Like all kids, all Rachael wants is friends. But the daily verbal bullying led to emotional trauma, intense anxiety and social isolation as she started to believe the names the kids called her. Her mom says, Rachael refused to see or believe all the good and beautiful things about her.
Last year in 7th Grade, the bullying got PHYSICAL. Without provocation, a girl on the school bus grabbed Rachael by the hair and viciously whipped her about the head and upper body with a belt. A graphic video was posted to social media by another student riding the bus. Two snapshots from the video are at the bottom of this page.
The bus bystander captioned her video of the attack, "She literally made this poor little girl bleed from her ear and head like she was leaking... Ya'll she really did that for NO REASON."
When Rachael stepped off the bus bruised and bleeding, the first thing she said to her horrified mom was "Why don't these kids like me? I've done nothing to them."
TEACHERS: Play this Youtube Video by our ON-AIR TEEN AMBASSADOR, BRIELLE WITHERS, to teach students all about RACHAEL!
Her mom pressed charges and took the incident to court. The district gave the family a transfer to a different bus and Rachael transferred to a different school. Thankfully, the new school has been free from bullying so far, and Rachael is beginning to make friends but struggles to trust and let her emotional walls down after the trauma. Her mom says "as much as Rachael wants friends, it's like kids won't take the time with her."
Rachael is using therapy as a tool to gain back her self-confidence and self-esteem, and that's where OUR LETTERS OF SUPPORT WILL HELP AT THIS VERY CRITICAL TIME!
Rachael loves to do almost anything crafty, but for the moment she likes to LOOM and PAINT. (Wow!) Art, slime, and Youtube make her happy, too. She joined theater and chorus this year!!
AMBASSADORS, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! LET RACHAEL KNOW SHE IS FRIEND STRONG, BRAVE AND BEAUTIFUL! Let's show this sweet 13-year-old that there are more friends than bullies out there, and give her hope that it WILL get better!
Rachael's mom describes her 13-year-old as an
incredibly artistic, kind-hearted girl who loves dancing. She puts others' needs above her own, and she loves to care for and help others.
When Rachael's mom showed her daughter our Be A Friend Project website, she immediately asked to write letters to ALL the kids on the page... even though she has NO IDEA that she will be featured next as a Friend Mail Recipient! With her sweet smile & courage, we know Rachael has lots of support to offer.
School Bus Assault Injuries
PLEASE mail letters of support for RACHAEL to...
Be A Friend Project
449 Lane Gate Road
Cold Spring, NY 10516
DUE DATE FOR RACHAEL'S LETTERS is FEBRUARY 14th!
Please kindly send your support to arrive in our office BY THE 2/14 DUE DATE!
Or, you can skip the postage and email your letter or drawing
(embedded in the email or a clear picture or scanned letter) to firstname.lastname@example.org
We'll print it out and include it in her "Friend Mail" package!
NEW FEATURE: "LANCASTER'S LINK",
a PRINTABLE VERSION of the Friend Mail Recipient's story at the suggestion of Super Ambassador/Educator Michelle Murphy Lancaster of Bushland High School in Texas... no more time-consuming cut & paste to prepare each Recipient's story for displays or hand-outs! Now, IT'S EASY! Simply tap here and print the PDF!
Snapshots from a child bystander's VIDEO
of school bus attack on Rachael
The Be-A-Friend Project does not give advice, therapy or intervention.
Our one purpose is to send letters and cards of encouragement and caring from kids to kids.
449 LANE GATE ROAD, COLD SPRING, NY 10516
Co-President Jennifer Cell: 845-742-7112
The organization’s formal legal name is BE A FRIEND PROJECT, INC.
It is a not-for-profit 501c3 organization / Federal Tax ID # 84-2802576.
Any donation to the Be A Friend Project, Inc. is tax-deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law, thank you!