If you have been on the internet, social media or watching any television this week, then you have probably heard about Karen Klein. In one of the most horrible videos I have ever (almost fully) watched, this 68-year-old mother was disgustingly bullied by a group of boys on the bus where she works as a bus monitor.
It has caused quite the media frenzy and the YouTube video of the attack has been viewed over 4.4 million times since being uploaded 3 days ago. The world has rallied to her support, calling for the teenaged boys to apologize and because people feel she “doesn’t earn nearly enough to deal with some of the trash she is surrounded by”, a fund in her name was to send her on the trip of a lifetime — which is currently sitting at over $570k!
Stories like this break my heart — this story only getting so much attention because it was posted on YouTube. Sometimes it’s too late to rally around those who have been bullied and no one deserves to be treated that way — ever. When I was a kid there was this idea that only the uncool kids were bullied and those kids would never amount to anything. It’s a feeling that many teenagers believe about themselves under the brutal attacks of bullies and it can be a very dangerous situation.
There are however, some stories that have turned positive from the act of bullying (like this one about Karen Klein) and sadly, no one really seems safe from attacks. There are some pretty famous faces who have admitted to being a victim of bullying themselves — and some of them may surprise you.
Click through to see which famous faces have also been on the receiving end of bullying:
Tom Cruise 1 of 8Tom has said he was a victim of bulling at the hands of his father. He has "vowed" to be a great father so he will never make his children feel how he was felt by someone who was supposed to love him.
Read more on: Hollywood
Charlize Theron 2 of 8Charlize has shared that she was never popular at school. When chatting with People, she revealed that she cried one day at school because the popular girl at school wouldn't let her sit next to her. When someone as gorgeous as Charlize speaks about being bullied, it really highlights how it can happen to anyone.
Read more on: People
Jessica Alba 3 of 8In an interview with Mirror, Jessica shared that she was bullied so badly as a young child that she had to be walked to school and eat her lunch in the nurses office. She also shared that she never wanted to "lower to their standards" so she wouldn't say anything mean back.
Read more on: Mirror UK
Sandra Bullock 4 of 8Sandra shared that she was the victim of bullying while in school because of her clothes. She went on to say that she can even remember the first and last name of every mean kid -- which shows just how much of an impact is has.
Read more on: StarPulse
Chris Rock 5 of 8Chris was bullied from a very early age because of his race. He has been quite outspoken about how he feel bullying is what makes the world go round -- and America wouldn't be what it is with out it (good and bad). A very differing opinion than many.
Read more on: Surviving Bullies
Jillian Michaels 6 of 8One of the most famous trainers Jillian is known for having a rock hard body. When she was younger, she was relentlessly bullied for being 'overweight' and 'ugly'. She has been open about how martial arts helped rebuild her broken self esteem and she's been in therapy since she was 5-years-old.
Read more on: Parade
Christina Aguilera 7 of 8Christina was bullied for different reasons than some of the others. She feels it was her talent that was making people try to tear her down. Around the time she was starting to make a name for herself with her singing, the bullying got worse. There really is no 'one sized fits all' victim when it comes to bullying.
Read more on: Ace Showbiz
Kate Winslet 8 of 8She is an Oscar winner, star of many huge and great movies and even Kate was bullied as a child. In an interview with DailyMail, Kate shares that she received a lot of hate from classmates for being 'overweight'. She is now very open in spreading the message to young girls that the images they see in magazines are touched up. "People don't really look like that."
Read more on: Daily Mail
For more info on the campaign set up to raise money to send Karen Klein on a trip of her life time — visit Indiegogo
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