Tayla Sekhmet is a 12-year-old student and, unfortunately, a bullying victim at Dysart State High School in Queensland, Australia. After several meetings with the school failed to resolve bullying issues for Tayla, she and her mom created a change.org petition asking people to "PLEASE, PLEASE HELP." They felt it was their last resort. As of Friday afternoon, the petition has over 80,000 signatures.
Here's an excerpt from the petition. Naturally, it's heartbreaking:
I'm the most unpopular kid at school and people make my life a living hell.
Every day people call me fatso, weirdo, ugly, freak, and tell me I should kill myself. I've been pushed to the ground, had people go through my bag, or break my scooter when I rode it to school. Even people in other grades who I don't know do these things to me too.
You can visit her petition here, which has already gained significant attention from prominent journalists and William Shatner:
After the success of the petition, Tayla's school made an "arrangement" for Tayla to "spend her breaks isolated from other students." It's not a great solution, but Tayla told the Brisbane Times she's thrilled about all the support she's received on her petition, saying, "It made me really happy to read those comments."
She's hoping for 150,000 signatures. Hopefully, in the meantime, the school administrators are searching for more ways to disrupt bullying at the school.