School Tells 13 Year Old To Get Breast Surgery To Stop Bullying. Say What?!?

13 Schoolgirl Gabrielle Jackson from Missouri, USA has been a victim of ongoing bullying at her Moline Acres school for some time because of her large breasts (which are natural). When her mother Tammie called the school to complain and ask them to step in, they suggested she either transfer to another school, or shockingly, get breast reduction surgery.

Really?!?

Tammie called the Riverview Gardens School District to complain and was shocked by what she was told.

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“It makes me feel like now you are telling me it’s my fault, it’s God’s fault the way he made her. The lady on the phone said they could transfer my daughter and said her boobs were so large she will always get teased. And the only suggestion she had for me is to have my daughter get a breast reduction,” said Jackson.

Since speaking out about this story which has made headlines around the world, Gabrielle’s school superintendant called her mom and promised to look into the bullying issue and work toward a resolution. Gabrielle’s younger brother Isaac, who has a rare heart condition, is also a victim of bullying at the same school from kids who tell him he should “kill himself”.

What kind of a world do we live in where the schools we send our children can’t even be relied upon to protect them and uphold their confidence? Since when did teachers and authorities become the “mean girls”?

It is really sad that this teenage girl has to feel ashamed about the way she looks. Words can affect a young girl’s self esteem and change the course of her life forever. Telling a 13 year old that she has to have breast reduction surgery to fit in a be accepted is damaging and disgusting. While it might be a decision she could consider on her own, it is not something she should ever be pressured into by bullying taunts.

One of my best friends in high school, Laura, was always teased for being “flat chested” as she had a very muscular athletic frame. She was a bright, beautiful young girl with a lot of potential. When she was 18 she got breast implants, and then decided to become a topless waitress and it spiraled downhill from there, all because she was teased at school and it damaged her self esteem. A few toxic relationships and jobs later, and after being beaten up by a drugged out football player in a nightclub, she finally realized her physical appearance was not something she should rely on to get ahead in life. It was her intelligence and talents.

Now she lives in Dubai, is a high ranking Flight Attendant for Emirates and has managed to finally deal with all her self-esteem and confidence demons that plagued her early 20s.

Ladies listen up! Your physical appearance isn’t where your worth solely lies. Start working on yourself from within and commit to being a healthy, wholesome happy person. Anyone that tells you you should change the way you look to get ahead is not a friend and does not want to help you.

 

Have you been a victim of bullying about your appearance? What are some hurtful things that have been said to you which affected your life greatly?

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