Although awareness to bullying is growing, every one in five students is currently being bullied at school. So while there’s no denying that progress is being made, there’s still a long way to go.
Hannah Combs, a 15-year-old girl from Harker Heights, Texas, knows this better than anyone. Just a few weeks into her freshman year of high school, a bully decided to pour super glue on the back of her head.
This left her in serious pain, but it also strengthened her resolve to make a difference…
Hannah Combs, a 15-year-old in Harker Heights, Texas, had recently been talking with her friends and preparing for another ordinary day of high school when a bully rushed up behind her and covered her scalp in super glue.
The horrific ordeal that she had to experience, unfortunately, left Hannah with first-degree burns on her scalp. Not to mention, it also gave her the awful feeling that her “head was on fire.” “Painful” didn’t even begin to describe it!
Hannah described that the horrible feeling was as if someone had a “sunburn, times 10.” Perhaps worst of all, the bully only received an in-school suspension. For Hannah, however, the pain was going to last for a long time as she recovered.
Hannah’s father, a retired soldier, was irate with the lack of action taken by the administration. The school said that it would continue to look into the case. In the meantime, though, Hannah was determined to take a different approach…
While her bully had decided the fate of the hair that she loved so much, it was more important for Hannah to have the final say in what happened to it. Hannah was determined not to let the bully win in the situation, no matter what.
Though Hannah’s hair was one of her favorite physical features, she and her mother made the decision to cut a portion of it off. Thankfully, when her story was made public, a local salon generously offered to fix it up for her free of charge.
With a new flattering haircut—and a firsthand account of how it felt to be the victim of bullying—Hannah realized that she wanted to use her experience to help make a difference for other kids who were bullied. But how?
To help, Hannah’s mother started a Facebook page called “Justice For Hannah,” which aimed to act as a platform for Hannah and others to share their stories and make a difference. Right away, the page was a hit!
“I want to make a difference. I would like people to stand up for themselves. No one deserves to be bullied—it’s not fair for anyone,” Hannah said. “I’m just a normal kid with strong beliefs. When it comes to bullying, I stand up for people a lot because of it—but it’s worth it.”
It’s important that people like Hannah stand up to bullying. Not only do they serve to inspire themselves to be proud of who they are, but they can also inspire hundreds of thousands of bullying victims around the world with their support.
Way to go, Hannah! She turned a terrible situation into a positive place for bullied kids like her to go whenever they needed help.