Taylor teen's emotional plea on getting bullied goes viral

A Taylor Truman High School student is speaking out about being a bullying target.
A Taylor high school student posts a heartbreaking video on social media speaking out about being targeted by bullies. 

The clip has been shared thousands of times on Facebook and won the support of people across the internet. 

Today Dana Hamrick spoke to FOX 2 about the video and why she feels her schools' policy on handling bullying needs to change. 

"Please understand how your words how I feel?" Hamrick says in her video. "How your words affect people.

"I am sitting here, bawling my eyes out and you tell me to get out of your sight."

The 16-year-old Taylor Truman High School student says she gets bullied daily and when she tries to tell school staff, she says they don't take it seriously.

In the video, Hamrick says she has to hide from students during lunch hour because the bullying is so bad.

"One of the vice principals, he would threaten to suspend me for three days because I wasn't in the cafeteria ... getting bullied," she said.

Hamrick says she posted the video Monday and when school officials found out, she says she was asked to take it down. The high school junior removed it, then reposted it Wednesday.

FOX 2: "Why did you post this video?"  

"I posted this video because I wanted people to know that bullying hurts," she said. "It does. Words do hurt."

The assistant superintendent of Taylor schools Teresa Winnie, says that the morning Hamrick's video was posted  the school contacted Hamrick's parents and scheduled a meeting. Winnie added the district offered support and intervention months ago but says Hamrick refused.

The school releasing this statement Thursday -- in part saying:

"We at Truman High School in no way, shape, or form, condone bullying and immediately address any issues once they are brought to our attention.

But Hamrick's mother tells FOX 2 that  although she and Dana's father were alerted several months ago of the problem, they say the school only followed up again after Dana's video was posted.

The 16-year-old says the school asked her to name the bullies, so she let it go because she didn't want to get hurt.

 "People send their kids to school, it should be a safe environment,"Hamrick said. "I don't think I'm safe. I don't feel safe."

Another parent of a Truman student told FOX 2 that when her daughter got a concussion from a fight recorded on cellphone video a year ago, the school didn't react - even when she says her daughter warned staff of the possibility of an attack beforehand.

Hamrick says she witnessed the build up of that fight and doesn't feel like enough is being done.

"I think some of the staff should not be there anymore," she said. "Because they will let someone sit out in the hall crying their eyes out and not do anything about it but tell them to get out of their sight."

The video got more than 40,000 views in one day and Hamrick says she is not taking it down and will continue standing up for herself and anyone else going through what she has.

"I tell them to keep their head up," she said. "They are not alone, because they're not."

To watch the video, CLICK HERE. CAUTION: Video contains graphic language. 

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