“Let’s stop bullying together, not just watch from the sidelines,” the actress says.
It’s never easy to witness someone being bullied. But it may be even MORE challenging to know exactly what you can do to step in and help. But “Stuck In the Middle” actress Jenna Ortega may be able to inspire you to get involved in any way you can.
The Disney Channel star had to reach out when she came across a horrible Twitter video that captured a Florida high schooler getting bullied at school, apparently for being Muslim. Unfortunately, the minute-long clip appears to show an entire group of students ganging up on her, but not many knowing how to step into the situation to her defense.
“This is heartbreaking, and its so upsetting to see it isnt being brought up in the news,” Jenna tweeted, re-sharing the video. “We’ve got to protect 1 another! if u see something wrong, do something about it. dont record it on ur phone so u can show ur friends. lets stop bullying together, not just watch from the sidelines.”
We know that it can be tempting to capture evidence on your phone, especially to prove something happened. And it might be dangerous to literally jump into a rowdy group. But Jenna’s message is so important because there’s another meaning to watching “from the sidelines,” and that’s getting involved in a safe way.
If you’re faced with a scary bullying situation, it’s crucial that you alert teachers or parents who can help de-escalate any conflict. And if you get the chance to stand up for a friend who’s getting picked on verbally, make sure to use that powerful voice of yours!