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ANTHONY received 75 LETTERS of peer support on 12/25/2015!
Anthony was the very 1st Friend Mail Recipient initiating the launch of the Be A Friend Project in 2015! The majority of letters came in through the youths that helped us develop the Project to carry the "speak up, reach out and be a friend" message of "IT'S EASY! The Friend Strong Musical": the show's debut cast from the Riverdale Rising Stars JR. Theater Program! Anthony also received a batch of letters from Bushland High School in Texas!
ANTHONY GIVES A THUMBS-UP TO SHOW HIS THANKS:
FROM THE CEO OF ANTHONY'S NEW SCHOOL:
We finally had Anthony back yesterday so we were able to give him his letters. He was very happy and he said he was going to spend his time tonight reading all of them!!!! (We told him he needed to sleep early as he has school tomorrow!) Thanks to everyone who wrote letters for him. He was really impressed that people who do not know him will care.
Executive Director, CEO
ACLAMO Family Centers
SOME OF ANTHONY'S 75 LETTERS!! THE BE A FRIEND PROJECT'S FIRST!!
Some of these writers are still Ambassadors today!
Help us make this first delivery of "Friend Mail" a big start to the Be-A-Friend Project and an eleven-year-old victim of bullying named Anthony!
Anthony is a soft-spoken, polite 6th grade student living in Pennsylvania. He has been assaulted by bullies several times over the last two years. Because Anthony no longer feels safe, his mother has removed him from school. Thanks to the help of Teach Anti-Bullying, Inc., he was recently enrolled in a cyber school until his district agrees to transfer him.
In a news interview, Anthony reports being jumped on his way home from school and “...had to go to the E.R ...I got a fractured nose ...and my eye was really swollen.” He says the bullies told him that "they were going to hit me so hard, I would go running back to Mexico... the first time, I got hit during computer class... the second time they shoved my face into paint... they bit me once...." It's Anthony's wish that the parents of the bullies will tell the kids to stop picking on him.
Anthony's traumatic story with bullying was featured on Philadelphia news:
LINK: "Mom Says School Won't Transfer Her Bullied Son."