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Warwick 11yr old battles bullying through music

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Andrea Medeiros

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A Warwick elementary student is standing up to bullying, and now dozens are getting involved in her fight.

Her music video was shot right here in Rhode island this weekend. The 6th grader starts her song with the lyrics, "I had no way out. I was all alone."

"I thought I had a really close friend of mine and she just got really mad and started a fight," said 11 year old Susie Shannon, "And now all the friends I used to hang out with, she controls it, so now they won't hang out with me."

Susie said the bullying started a couple years ago. Her mom stepped in and tried to stop it, but when it continued Susie took it into her own hands putting her feeling into lyrics.

"I wrote this song and then it made me feel better, like there was someone there who cared," said Susie.

And it didn't stop with the song. This weekend, they shot the music video with dozens of local kids cast as extras helping Susie's family send their anti–bullying message.

The space was donated, and dozens of people volunteered their time, many of them with their own bullying experiences.

"It hit home," said dance instructor Marlaina Rapoza, "As my daughter was brutally bullied, and we had to transfer schools because of it, so I definitely wanted to jump right in and be a part of it."

Now the 11 year old girl who once felt alone is surrounded  by others sending the message that one person, no matter how old, can make a difference.

The video director came all the way from D.C. to volunteer his time for the three day shoot. He said the finished product should be done within a week. Then he'll put it online and see where it goes from there.

 

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