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Teen reaches out for help on YouTube

I came across this story on CNN’s website and it made me think about what we do here at TAP. Social media sites, namely YouTube are being used to illuminate the dark issue of bullying.

Alexis Xanders, a 15-year-old student from Ohio recently posted a video to YouTube and CNN’s i-report in which she was bullied and assaulted by another student while many others egged the bully on and watched. Now, the uploaded videos are gaining widespread support and law-enforcement officials are beginning to take notice.

The video allowed police to successfully charge the bully with assault and is currently in the process of charging other students who were present for the event. Social media outlets are proving to be incredibly useful in this case and many others across the nation.

“Tell somebody and do something about it,” says Alexis Xanders. “Don’t just sit there and take it. You can use your words, not your hands.”

If you or someone you know is being bullied, please tell a trusted adult. Break the cycle of violence!

For more information please visit: http://stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov/ .

Or check out this earlier post which can give you more information on how to stop bullying in your school and what TAP is doing to help!

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We are based in Austin, Texas and reach more than 16,000 young people every year through our unique blend of theatre and education programs.Our programs expose young people to critical social problems and offer opportunities for them to creatively think about how they can be a part of solutions to these problems. Creative Action is a unique blend of art and education – for us, the two are intertwined. We believe that using the arts as a teaching method provides a fun, engaging and inspiring way to learn – it incorporates the whole mind and body.

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