When you're a victim of bullying, it's difficult to speak up. But one teenager at Saegertown High School is reaching out to his peers and telling his story.
Jacob Perrett, Saegertown High School, says: "I decided to take a stand because I've been bullied pretty much all of my life, sometimes more than others."
This teenager used his creative skills to deliver a powerful message to his peers.
Deb Rumzie, mother of Jacob's friend: "You can overcome anything. What they say doesn't matter. It's what you feel inside and how you prove yourself to the world and to yourself tht matters."
The message of school bullying really resonates with parents, students and educators too.
Douglas Wilson, Saegertown High School Principal: "It's always a concern whenever you feel a students is being targeted in any way shape or form."
And it's a tough subject to address.
Mr. Wilson: "Sometimes it's not reported to us, and those are the ones that keep me up at night. We know it's going on, and we want to help."
But Jacob had the courage to tell his story, and the feedback has been phenomenal.
Jacob: "I looked at the messages I've received from people I know and don't know and thought 'I saved them from taking their lives.' I feel that I'm an inspirational figure."
And it seems everyone who watched was spellbound.
Mr. Wilson: "I was blown away by not only the acting and the editing, but also the message behind it. It was very well done."
Mrs. Rumzie: "First of all, it brought me to tears and the editing and acting made me say to my husband, 'this is not going to go unnoticed.'"
And for Jacob, this is just the beginning.
Jacob: "I think the video has strengthened me and others after watching it. I know what I'm capable of and I know I'm not afraid to do what I want to do."
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