Cassidy Warner, a fourth-grade student at John Adams Elementary School in Pennsylvania, recently shared a video on Facebook in which she detailed the incessant bullying she’s routinely been subjected to at school. Cassidy explained that she was hit, spit on, and told to by her classmates to kill herself on a daily basis.
In a response that demonstrably avoided the root of the problem, Cassidy was told to remove the video by her school principal before the school district had Facebook delete the youngster’s account since she was under 13. Cassidy’s mother, Jenn Slater, has since re-posted the video, which has accrued upwards of 290,000 views. But where school officials failed Cassidy, professional athletes rose to the occasion.
After hearing the 10-year-old girl’s heartbreaking story, members of the New York Yankees teamed up to create an anti-bullying video and invited her to come make friends with them at Yankee Stadium.
After Cassidy’s video came to the attention of the Yankees, Aaron Boone, C.C. Sabathia, Brett Gardner, and Giancarlo Stanton and other stars for the Bronx Bombers decided to put together a video to let her know that they have her back.
“All of (the) guys were really excited to be a part of that,” said Boone. “To stand up for something like that was an easy call for us as an organization, for our players. Hopefully we can make a difference not only in this situation, but across the country. It’s not OK.”
Boone added that the team is working to try to get her to come to a game and meet him and the rest of the Yankees stars. In a message thanking the Yankees, Slater wrote: “Let’s just say I cried!”
Watch the Yankees’ message to Cassidy below.
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