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Mother’s stand against bullying goes viral

A hard-hitting video clip of Tongala parent Melissa Murley encouraging her daughter to stand up for herself against bullies has attracted more than 127,000 likes on Facebook in 10 days.

February 20, 2013 4:52am

A video clip showing Tongala mother Melissa Murley encouraging her daughter to fight back against bullies has received more than 127 000 likes since being posted on Facebook on February 8.

A hard-hitting video clip of Tongala parent Melissa Murley (pictured) encouraging her daughter to stand up for herself against bullies has attracted more than 127000 likes on Facebook in 10 days.

The video has also attracted national media attention and while there has been a small amount of negative feedback about its confronting content the vast majority of parents and young people have fully supported Mrs Murley’s viewpoint.

While only being posted on February 8 the clip was actually filmed a year ago when Mrs Murley found out her youngest daughter Kacie, now 15, had been punched by two girls while attending a party.

‘‘Kacie already had depression which got worse after that incident, which for me was the last straw,’’ Mrs Murley said. ‘‘Both of my daughters have experienced bullying throughout high school and it has affected them. They are both coming through it now and are enjoying attending college.

‘‘The girls involved in the incident with Kacie were reported but nothing has gone any further, no-one seems to have any power to do anything about bullying. I would love to see a tough boot camp brought in for proven bullies.’’

Kacie said she felt her mother’s reaction really was quite inspirational.

‘‘I thought it was quite funny at the time but she gets the message across that you need to stand up for yourself,’’ she said.

When the video was put on the internet Mrs Murley said she never expected such a huge response and to receive so much support.

‘‘It had 13000 likes on Facebook on the first evening it was posted and 31000 by the next morning,’’ she said.

‘‘Some of the comments were from people who have been bullied themselves and many were quite inspiring to me.’’

Mrs Murley said some of the comments she made in the video were simply out of anger at the time over what Kacie had experienced.

‘‘It wasn’t intended to be posted on the internet, I just wanted to give her some inspiration, and tell her to stand up for herself if walking away is not an option,’’ she said.

‘‘Now I think it’s great that the message to stand up for yourself is getting out there like this and so many people have responded positively.’’

Mrs Murley said she has been contacted by people from as far away as Scotland and Alaska with messages of support and many have said they admire her stance and for saying what many are thinking.

‘‘I don’t want to encourage children to go out and fight, I just believe everyone is equal and should be treated with respect,’’ she said.

‘‘My advice to my own children is if they are getting punched and they can’t just walk away they should stand up for themselves and fight back.’’

What do you think about standing up to bullies? Let us know through the Kyabram Free Press Facebook page.

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