Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows star Daniel Radcliffe took time to speak out about the recent wave of tragic teenage suicides resulting from bullying. He stated:
"These young people were bullied and tormented by people that should have been their friends. We have a responsibility to be better to each other, and accept each others' differences regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ability, or religion and stand up for someone when they're bullied. When a friend is feeling depressed or says they're thinking of killing themselves, we must take it seriously and get them help. My deepest sympathies go out to the families and friends of these excellent young people. And to all the young people who are being bullied right now, you are not alone. Call the Trevor Lifeline at 866 4-U-TREVOR, because there's always someone there who will listen and who can help."
Other celebs like Pretty Little Liars' Shay Mitchell and The Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder and Kat Graham took part in a new PSA for The Trevor Project to remind kids being bullied in school that they're not alone and that "it will get better." Check out the video below:
Do you think bullying is an important issue? Have you experienced bullying first hand?
If you've been bullied just for being yourself and bounced back, email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org -- your experience could end up in the next issue of J-14.
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