Grafton student speaks up about bullying
WATCHING her friends deal with insecurities as a result of schoolyard bullying breaks Latia Williams's heart.
It has also inspired the courageous Grafton High School student to try and create positive change, through a video she has now shared with the world.
In the Youtube video, Judging and Bullying Leads to Suicide, So Why Does Society Do It?, Latia gives her views on bullying in everyday life, and how it affects not only the person who is being bullied but also the people who love them.
"People would rather bully a person than sit next to them and have a conversation with them; make them laugh or make them smile," she said.
"Some of my friends have been bullied and I usually don't know what to do and it breaks my heart.
"I've been with friends when they're at their lowest and it has upset me but I hadn't done anything to solve the problem."
The video was the Year 10 student's way of standing up for them, and it has already received plenty of positive feedback, with more than 150 shares from her Facebook page alone.
"I was going to put up a status about it but thought that making a video would have got it out there and made people listen to what I had to say," she said.
"One of my teachers saw it and said a lot of people are sharing it around. I was pretty proud of myself when I heard about that. People should be aware that bullying is not okay."
Encouraged by the response, Latia plans to create videos to tackle other issues she feels strongly about, including racism and drug-taking.
"The passing of this young girl (last week) made me want to do another one," she said.
"(The key to combating bullying) is definitely being more considerate; having respect for yourself and respect for others. Respect practically puts everything in line."
A link to Latia's video can be found on The Daily Examiner website.