By Alexandra Burlacu | Oct 22, 2013 12:29 PM EDT
Roughly one hundred people packed in at least 50 cars turned an Oregon high school's parking lot into a traffic jam to support a bullied teen.
Bullying is never founded, never fun and it can destroy the victim's self-esteem or, in some cases, their whole life. Countless teenagers are bullied through high school and feel like going to school is a nightmare because of it. Some have even committed suicide, yet bullying continues.
An Oregon woman went to visit her nephew, Halsey Parkerson, at his South Salem high school to have lunch. She witnessed her nephew being bullied for having no friends and no one to care about him, but he told her it happens all the time. The aunt decided to make a plea for help on Facebook.
Following her post, an impressive parade of 50 cars showed up at the high school to support Halsey and stand up to bullying. The supporters hugged and encouraged Halsey and in the end the end the bully apologized.
The whole thing was caught on camera and aired by local television station KATU. According to the report, people came from as far as Vancouver, Canada to attend the rally and support Halsey Parkerson.
"I will now know that whenever I get bullied, I'll just raise my head up and say, 'Sorry, I have too many friends to think I am being bullied," Halsey said. "This is one glorious day."
"I apologize, I take it back," said the bully after Halsey confronted him on camera. They even shared a high-five in front of everyone. The school reportedly did not know about this situation, but allowed the rally once they learned what it was about.
While some might say that merely telling someone that they have no friends is not really bullying, any form of demeaning someone, humiliating them or making them feel inferior counts as bullying. Surely there are more extreme cases, but none should be tolerated or go unnoticed.
The rally to support teenager Halsey Parkerson also came at a very appropriate time. For those unaware, October is National Bullying Prevention Month in the U.S. The teen's aunt made the original plea for help to a car club she was part of on Facebook. After the rally, Parkerson launched his own club on Facebook, entitled The Nuthin' But Love (NBL) Crew.
It's an impressive story that can restore faith that there are still good people out there and encourage those who have been or are still being bullied. Check out the video below to see the whole event.
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