Cyberbullying: How is it different from face‑to‑face bullying?
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — According to the National Center for Education Statistics, more than one out of every five students report being bullied. 8 News NOW Reporter Sally Jaramillo shares the story of a teen who overcame bullying and his recent accomplishments.
Coye Shelton was bullied as a child at school. It got so bad, he ended up taking online classes. Now, he wants to share his story with other students struggling with fear and how they can stand up.
“Bullying to me is…it’s something that can really harm someone’s life,” said Coye Michael Shelton, 18, Nevada Virtual Academy.
Shelton opens up about his worst days when he was bullied.
“I was a shorter kid. I had a lot of extra meat on me. I didn’t really grow out of that yet, so I was usually picked on because of the way I looked, the way I talked,” added Shelton.
He vividly remembers the day when he was attacked by an older kid simply because that kid was annoyed by him.
“There was also another time when we were outside, there was about 8 of us playing and they had wrapped their hands around my neck and started choking me,” added Shelton.
Looking back now, he explains those feelings he couldn’t quite comprehend back then.
“I’m sure I had a time when I was angry I was sad you know it kinda made me feel left out. I didn’t feel like I had the most friends,” added Shelton.
Shelton’s parents ended up enrolling him in Nevada Virtual Academy. To help regain his confidence he also joined the Nevada Wing Civil Air Patrol.
8 News Now. “Las Vegas teen overcomes bullying, shares accomplishments.” Jaramillo, Sally, 26 February 2020. <https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/vegas-teen-overcomes-bullying-shares-accomplishments/>.