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article imagePeople drive from Vancouver to support bullied Oregon teenager

By Lesley Lanir     Oct 20, 2013 in Internet
Salem - Halsey Parkerson, an Oregon teenager who had been picked on and bullied got help from over 100 people when he needed to confront the kid taunting him after his aunt posted a message on Facebook drumming up support.
Looks like you don't always need an online collective such as Anonymous to help solve bullying problems when you have an aunt who can round up support using Facebook. KATU.com reports that Halsey Parkerson from Salem, Oregon, was having lunch at school with his aunt when she overheard another teenager saying that Halsey had no friends and no one cares. Halsey told his aunt that this kind of thing happens all the time.
Not willing to leave her nephew in such an uncomfortable situation, Halsey's aunt put a message out on Facebook to one of her car clubs. The message spread, and when Halsey's aunt turned up for lunch again about 50 cars, containing around 100 people, came to Salem to join her — some of them from as far as Vancouver.
Halsey said. "I now know whenever I get bullied I'll raise my head up and say, 'Sorry, I have too many friends to think I'm being bullied.' This is one glorious day."
Halsey confronted the bully with his 'new' friends around him and he received an apology.
Says Halsey: "If you're being bullied stand up and express yourself."
According to statistics from Family First Aid, about 30 percent of U.S. teenagers (5.7 million) have been involved in bullying, either as a bully or as a victim of teenage bullying.
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