COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A TV Anchor responded publicly to a hurtful viewer email about her weight. It's a message resonating across the country; hatefulness and bullies will not be tolerated. The message has been passed onto kids of all ages, but is it working? Yes.
WKBT Anchorwoman Jennifer Livingston's message against bullying is making an impact everywhere. I played the entire message to the Student Body Officers of Brighton High School.
The students were glued to the screen as Livingston told of her experience and message of kindness and love. The students loved it.
Jordan Daynes said, "I thought it was bold and courageous."
Kaleb Shoell agreed, "It inspires me to go and be nicer to kids."
Alex Powley said, "As she was talking, I got chills she took an experience she had and told everyone that we have the power to stand up against people that aren't very nice."
Bullying is something this group of student body officers is already fighting.
Shoell explained, "We went and visited all of the sophomores, it's scary for them to come to a new school."
The officers made home visits to 70 percent of the incoming Sophomore class before the school even year started. Brighton's Principal is obviously proud of her kids but says there is still work to be done, everywhere.
Principal Charisse Hilton said, "I was very touched when she said 'You don't know me.' We don't know what is going on in someone's life and how one unkind comment might put them over the edge."
Livingston's message, "Learn from my example that the cruel words of one, are nothing to the shouts of many" is a challenge this group of Brighton's seniors are definitely ready for.
Daynes said, "We need to stand up, do exactly what she just did."
There are links on this page of what we can all do to help stop bullying: everyone can make a difference, to someone.