High school freshman works to “stamp out cyberbullying”
Claire Rowe is going into her sophomore year at LaDue High School in St. Louis, Missouri. While in the eighth grade, she was targeted on Instagram with an “I hate Claire Rowe” account. The user who created it tormented Claire and made vicious comments for all to see.
“They were asking me if I was a terrorist. Because they knew that my father is from Morocco and he’s Muslim. They were saying things mean things like you should kill yourself. And I’d dance on your grave. They were really, really, vulgar things.”
Instead of internalizing these attacks, Claire decided to fight back. She founded STAMP which stands for “Students Together Against Mean Posts.” Bracelets were made to spread the word about her website. Claire explained that “Cyberbullying can be deadly, and no one wants to contribute to someone ending their life. It is a problem that has to stop, and I hope I can help make that happen.”
For more about Claire’s work, go to StampOutCyberbullying.org.
Keep up the good work, Claire. We’re rooting for you.
Photo via Stamp Out Cyberbullying Facebook page