After three years of being tormented in high school, an Oklahoma teen is using Facebook to speak out about the consequences of bullying and to put a stop to the victimizing of students nationwide.
"The bullying policy in schools is clearly not enough," Baylee Ogle wrote to A Plus. "Bullying is too common, and nothing is being done to fix it."
A group of girls reportedly bullied Ogle since her freshman year. The bullies constantly yelled profanities at her in school and vandalized her car. Ogle wrote that she was "scared" and "didn't feel safe anywhere," including online.
"They post on social media about my voice, my laugh, when I wear makeup, when I don't wear makeup, about my lips, my hair, anything and everything you can imagine," Ogle wrote on Facebook. "There is even a group text called 'The Baylee Haters' where all they do is pick me apart and hate on me. I can't even sit in the student section at school sporting events because these bullies and their friends yell rude things at me. I am afraid to be alone at my own school."
Just when things seemed to be improving for her in school, her father, Eddie, was hospitalized for a pulmonary embolism.
"When my dad was in the hospice house, they texted me saying they hope my dad dies," she wrote on Facebook. "My mom and I couldn't even be on our phones to tell loved ones where we were or give updates because our phones were being [blown up] with hate and heartless comments."
On February 11, her father passed away. After Ogle posted details about her father's funeral on Twitter, one of the bullies immediately tweeted her and said, "nobody cares."
That tweet inspired her to write her Facebook post about bullying.
"For those of you who favorite and retweet negative posts about someone- you too are a bully," she wrote on Facebook. "You NEVER know someone's breaking point. So why even push the limit?"
In her Facebook message, Ogle asked parents to hold their kids accountable and to teach their kids to treat people with respect. She also asked her peers to stand up for bullying victims.
"The school system and society makes the bullied feel so alone and wrong for even being bullied," she wrote on Facebook. "When in reality it is not the fault of the bullied. The one who is wrong is the bully. No matter what 'reason' you have for bullying someone- it is INVALID. And DO NOT EVER tell someone they deserve to be bullied. Because they don't."
Ogle had no idea her bullying story would go viral on Facebook. With nearly one out of four students bullied every year, Ogle's Facebook message is particularly resonant.
"I posted my story only thinking a couple of my close family members would comment on it," she wrote to A Plus. "But then it got HUGE! The public response has been AMAZING. Talking about bullying shouldn't stop now that my post has been out for about a week and all the commotion has died down. We need to still talk about this issue!!! We NEED change and we need the media to continue to [shed] a light on bullying until something is different and people are held accountable for their actions!"