The NY Yankees Made a Special Video For a Bullied 4th Grade Girl
The Internet can be a precarious place for kids, where anonymity allows people to say and post whatever they want with rare consequences. But online platforms can also be sources of connection, kindness, and support. And when Cassidy, a fourth-grader from Pennsylvania, shared a video about her experience being bullied in school, she got a remarkable and loving response from a rather prominent group: the New York Yankees.
In Cassidy's video, she holds up handwritten notes that tell her story:
My name is Cassidy. I am 10 years old. The group of kids always come up to me during Recess trying to fight me. They hit me, kicked me, pulled my hair, pushed me down, stepped on me, spit on me. Kids don't even want to go near me :( Whenever I sit at a lunch table, the kids get up.
Bullying has gotten increased attention in recent years, and for good reason. It's emotionally damaging for kids, and sometimes to a fatal extent. The Yankee players' response to Cassidy can be seen as part of the growing effort to remind kids that there is love and support out in the world beyond their schools.
Watch the video above to see what the Yankees wrote back to Cassidy; their messages are so sweet!