Would you stop to help a girl being bullied? All of us would probably insist that we would. But, when push came to shove, would you actually do it? A social experiment has been conducted that actually tested if people would help out a girl being attacked, and the results will instantly make you proud.
The various videos and social experiment were made and conducted by UpTV in order to raise awareness of bullying.
They featured two teenagers picking on a younger girl while they sat at a bus stop near to a bystander. These teenagers repeatedly hurled abuse at the young girl, as they told her that she didn’t have any friends, needed to wear make-up, and couldn’t sing.
The experiment was conducted to test the responses of the bystanders who were sat or stood within earshot of the abuse, and thankfully those close to the attacks soon started to intervene and defended the young girl from the attacks she was taking.
UpTV released a series of videos documenting their experiments, some of which have since been watched over 400,000 times in just 24 hours. You can watch one of the videos below. It will immediately make your day umpteen times better.
And if the social experiment’s ambition was to make you realize that the world can sometimes be a glorious place to live, then it succeeded wholeheartedly.
In each clip, you can see the teenage girls constantly berate the poor child, asking her, “Do you have any friends at all?” before adding, “Ones that aren’t imaginary or your family.”
They then attacked her musical ability, stating that people in her dance team had lied about being ill so that they could miss her birthday party, before then comparing her singing ability to a dying pig.
However, people at the bus stop soon start to fight back. After one of the girls insists that their target needs to wear make-up, a woman nearby insists, “No, she do not!”
Meanwhile, a young man close-by refuses to bite his tongue any longer after being forced to hear their abuse by at first asking them, “Do you guys have anything nice to say?” before then telling them to stop “talking s***.”
A security guard also takes it upon himself to stick up for the younger girl by defending her after she is called a “freak” for reading books while at school. He tells the girls to “stop messing with her” before then telling the young girl to “keep reading.”
On three occasions, adults decided to split up the girl from her bullies by asking her to come and join them rather than sitting there and having to take the abuse. In fact, one of the women even insisted that she would sit next to the girl on the bus, and an older gentleman even played his harmonica for the girl.
One of the women scolded the mean girls by asking, “How would you like it if somebody who was a little bit older than you came and told you that you weren’t any good? You don’t hurt someone’s feelings and intentionally do it.”
At the start of their two-minute-and-22-second clip, UpTV explains, “At least 1 in 3 kids will be bullied during school. UpTV set out to ask the question: In an increasingly disconnected world, who will stop the bullying?”
The video then concludes, “Who will stop the bullying? All of us.”
[Image via UpTV]