For Ziainey, the youngest of eight children in her family, her wake-up call came after reading about a teenage girl who killed herself because she was being bullied.
“It made me feel sad,” Ziainey said of the girl. “She took her life because of other kids. She didn’tget shot, or nothing like that, she killed herself because of other kids bullying her.”
It was then she decided to write the letter. She mailed it off in January and waited. And waited.
Finally, on March 10, it came: Signed by President Obama, the letter on White House letterhead praised the youngster for being brave enough to share her story.
“Your letter demonstrates a desire to change the culture of your classroom as well as your community,” it read.
The PA student is even organizing fellow students to take a stand and travel to area high schools to raise awareness. “I want to go to different schools and talk to kids about staying true to yourself and help those getting bullied,” she said. “I want them not to be afraid. I want to talk to the parents and teachers and get them to help the kids,” said Ziainey.
Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble shares their plays about bullying, homophobia, safe dating, and other high school issues with thousands of students all over Central Texas each year! And we salute Ziainey for making a difference in PA!