Tormented Relentlessly, This Girl Shows Them All
Andrea Crawford of Lichfield,
Staffordshire, England is one brave young lady. Here is her story of #BeingBetterHumans after suffering severely from being bullied and standing up to bullies.
“An elderly man came back from retirement, but as he was leading a lesson, one of the pupils threw a book and a plastic bottle at his face and called him horrible names,” Andrea said in an interview with SWNS.
“I turned around and said to them: ‘That’s not right.’ And they haven’t liked the fact I was trying to be nice about the situation. Ever since then, the group tried to make my life hell.”
“Later that day I was attacked in the playground in front of the entire school, including the deputy head teacher,” she said. “There were about 10 girls, and all the rest of the school were looking and laughing at me being beaten up in front of absolutely everybody.”
At the time of the beating Andrea herself was battling an existing brain infection and wasn’t physically well.
She would continue to be bullied for a long time both at school and online. She says, “When you’re getting bullied your esteem deeps and confidence drips away. I had it constantly on arrival at school and then on social media afterward – I couldn’t escape it. Teachers did everything they could but it still kept happening.”
She became more withdrawn and spent long periods on her own. As a way of coping with the daily abuse, she composed songs and performed them on YouTube.
After posting her songs on YouTube she was contacted by London-based record company Regent Street Artists
Now she has released her debut single, called ‘Trip and Fall’ (based upon the brutal playground attack.)
Her mom, Kirsty Cassidy says, “Since she has thrown herself into her music she feels a sense of belonging for the first time in a long time. If people don’t want to believe in you, you just have to stick above them. Should we make some pennies from the single, we do want to give some money to an anti-bullying organization – Andrea wants to become an ambassador.
“I’m so proud of Andrea,” she continues, “and she’s worked so hard to get to this stage.”
Andrea has self-titled herself as an ordinary girl just trying to make a difference and speaks to school children about bullying.
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