CT teen's anti-bullying message goes viral

March 31, 2011 5:09:43 AM PDT
A bullied teen is showing the world that words really do hurt.

The 13-year-old Connecticut girl posted her anti-bullying message on YouTube, and it now has thousands of hits.

Words are powerful, and Alye Pollack knows that. Words can also hurt, and words have hurt Pollack.

"I used to be really, really confident," she said. "And now, not so much because people have been bullying me, using those words."

And some of those words are awful. Pollack scribbled them with a crayon on paper.

It's how she tells her story in the homemade video.

She put the video up on March 14, and a little more than two weeks later, it's approaching 50,000 views.

"It's so weird," she said. "I originally thought it would get, like, 200 views, at most. This is just crazy."

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"This is not a topic of discussion in most homes, and I'm very excited that today I do believe, at least in our community, it is a topic of discussion," Alye's mother, Audra Kruk said.

Bullying has been around forever, but is it happening more today? it's tough to say, but the Internet has made it easier for kids to tease, harass and threaten each other.

Now, Alye is turning the tables, using the power of the Internet to get her message across.

ABC News showed the video to Quinnipiac University sociology professor Lauren Ross, who has spent a lot of time studying bullying.

"I think it was really empowering for her," Ross said. "Hopefully it was, and I think it was empowering for a number of other people to see that. It was brave."

There's no telling how many people will ultimately see Alye's video or what kind of impact it will have. But there's no doubt, judging by the comments, that the video has touched many of the people who've seen it.

"I've had a lot of people come up to me and say, 'I know not to say bad things. I think before I say something,'" Ayle said. "And that's just amazing, because they actually are being affected by my video."

She's more hopeful and happier today than she was when she made the video, because words are powerful. And Alye Pollack knows that words can also heal.

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