"Why you gotta be so mean?"
When Taylor Swift asks that question in her song "Mean," Duncanville Middle School 8th grader Breanna Stephens knows exactly what she's talking about.
"I see bullying going on in schools and how it affects the kids who are getting bullied," said Stephens.
Stephens was born with cerebral palsy and walks with a slight limp. Her mother, Jennifer Evans, says kids used to taunt Stephens because she looks a little different.
"Not as bad as other kids but they talked about the way she walked and she's got a birthmark everyone talks about," said Evans.
But Stephens has never let those challenges stop her. In fact, she's turning it into something positive. Earlier this year she asked English teacher, Jake Huggins, to help her make a music video about anti-bullying.
"She [Stephens] came up with the script and two days later said here it is and it took a while, but we finally got some students together and started filming," said Huggins, "The students were passionate about it and Breanna led the charge."
The video has gotten over 700 hits and while it's geared towards teens, there are some things parents can do to help their kids if they're getting bullied.
"Talk to your kids if they come home quiet," advises Evans, "Ask what's going on at school."
For more anti-bullying resources, you can visit www.stopbullying.gov.
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