Ricky Martin and Lady Gaga are among
the celebrities who have tweeted support for bullied eighth grader
Mowry says he's been a victim of
bullying since the first grade.
Accompanied by the track Breathe Me
from Sia Furler, Jonah tells his heartbreaking story through a series
of postcards in a nearly 5-minute video originally posted on YouTube
in August and viewed more than 500,000 times.
“Hi!:) I'm Jonah,” says the first
card, which he holds up to the camera.
“Suicide was an option … many
times,” a later card reads.
“The first time I cut myself was in
the SECOND GRADE.”
“I get bullied everyday. This
started in the 1st grade.”
As his eyes begin to well up, Jonah
says: “I'm scared to go back.”
“A lot of people hate me. I don't
know why. But I guess I kind of do. Because I kinda hate me too.”
“Gay. Fag. Dick. Douche. Homo.
Asshole. The list goes on and on.”
“But,” he adds, “I'm not going
anywhere. Because I'm stronger than that. And I have a million
reasons to be here.”
He drops the cards, waves goodbye and
turns off the camera. (The video is embedded in the right panel of
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“Sending @JonahMowryReal one big rib
breaking hug :0)! Stay strong buddy! You are 1 courageous young
man!!” singer Ricky Martin tweeted.
Lady Gaga added: “Thank you Jonah for
being brave enough to share your story + showing us strength. You
matter to millions.”