It started with a single Facebook post.

When the aunt of a high school student realized he was being bullied at school, she took to Facebook to invite what turned out to be about 100 of his “new friends” to meet her nephew at school and show their support.  It ended well, even for the bully.


Friday was a rare day when a kid who’s been picked on confronted his bully with the support of 100 people who showed up to rally for him.

It started as a single Facebook message posted by Halsey Parkerson’s aunt. She went to South Salem High School on Thursday to meet him for lunch. She overheard the bully telling her nephew that he doesn’t have any friends and that no one cares.

Halsey told her that it happens all the time. His aunt decided to come back for lunch Friday and through Facebook she invited all of his new friends.

And they came. Car after car showed up until South Salem’s parking lot became a traffic jam.

It was all for Halsey after his aunt put the message out on Facebook to one of her car clubs. The message spread, and at least 50 cars, containing probably 100 people, came – some of them as far away as Vancouver.

And that’s all it took to make a difference.

You can hear the bully say to Halsey in the video, “I apologize. I apologize. I take it back,” as they high-five each other.

The influx of cars and people initially caught the school principal off guard, but once he realized why it was happening, he allowed it to proceed, according to KATU.

Bullying has once again taken center stage in the media after two girls were recently arrested for aggravated stalking in connection with the case of 12 year old Rebecca Sedwick, who took her own life after battling bullying for months.  That case has sparked much debate over how to deal with the problem of bullying in the age of social media.  It’s a complicated issue that draws arguments both from those who want more protection for children and those who urge the need to balance first amendment rights and caution against the unintended consequences of legislative proposals.

h/t The Blaze


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