Salem, OR – A bullied teen finally got some comeuppance, and resolution, after 100 people showed up to his school in order to demand an apology from his longtime tormentor.
Halsey Parkerson was having lunch with his aunt at South Salem High School when his bully told him that he has no friends and that nobody cares about him. His aunt overheard this, and Parkerson admitted that it wasn’t the first time he had been verbally abused by the teen.
Parkerson’s aunt then decided to post a simple message on Facebook to one of her car clubs. The message went semi-viral, and at least 50 cars (containing approximately 100 people, some from as far away as Vancouver) showed up with her on Friday for another planned meet.
The idea was for everyone to take a stand against Parkerson’s bully and show that there are many people who care very much about him.
The bully, after being confronted by the 100-strong crowd, apologized.
“I apologize,” the unnamed bully said, putting up pretty zero fight. “I apologize and I take it back.”
Parkerson and his bully apparently high-fived after that. You can’t make this stuff up.
“It’s just unbelievable,” Parkerson told KATU. “I will now know whenever I get bullied I’ll raise my head up and say, ‘Sorry, I have too many friends to think I’m being bullied.’ This is one glorious day.”
He also hopes that his story will inspire other bullied teens to find a way to stand up for themselves.
“If you’re being bullied, just stand up and express yourself,” he said.
He later thanked everyone who came out to support him on Facebook, writing:
“Thanks to everyone who was there with me and my family thanks also to the ones who could not make it by all you making a difference,” he wrote. “I truly mean it I’m tearing up thanks guys for standing up with me and helping me make a difference!!”
The school was not told in advance about the impromptu rally. After they found out why the 100 anti-bullying group showed up, they gave them their approval.
You can check out a video of Halsey Parkerson’s story below: