Cleveland, Ohio high school student Gabrielle Jones refuses to be a victim.
She has become a victor instead by writing an award winning essay on bullying and her experience in dealing with it.
The empowered young superstar wrote the essay as part of the Maltz Museum “Stop the Hate” essay contest and she is $50,000 richer because of it.
Gabrielle’s win doesn’t come in cold, hard cash. Instead, she has received a scholarship from the organization.
“Growing up, I was always bigger than my peers,” Gabrielle stated to WKYC-TV. “I was friendless because no one wanted to hang out with the fat girl.”
Gabrielle then describes her experience being bullied by the other kids.
“During recess, the kids would ask me to be their horse and they would push me on the ground.”
Gabrielle went on to talk about the damning psychological impact of the abuse.
“Kids would throw candy wrappers and Debby Cakes on my seat and tell me to eat it. Every day I would come home and run to my room and cry my eyes out,” Gabrielle said.
After confronting her bullies head on, Gabrielle writes about how she rose above the bullies and became her own woman.
“I was not going to allow myself coming into an adult to be a victim of hatred and bullying,” she said.
Gabrielle went on to become the Student Council Vice President. She plans to go to law school one day and eventually become a judge.
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