I hate bullies. Anything that eliminates a bully makes me very happy. Of course, I’m not talking physical harm. Just a simple nudge to remind them that they will not be tolerated is good enough for me.
Natalie Hampton, an 11th grade student from Sherman Oaks, CA, took it upon herself to come up with a solution to stop bullying in high school cafeterias across America during lunch time. I first heard about this app from NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt. I taped it for you.
Natalie created a new app called “Sit With Us.” In an NPR interview Natalie said, “At my old school, I was completely ostracized by all of my classmates, and so I had to eat lunch alone every day.
“When you walk into the lunch room and you see all the tables of everyone sitting there and you know that going up to them would only end in rejection, you feel extremely alone and extremely isolated, and your stomach drops.
“And you are searching for a place to eat, but you know that if you sit by yourself, there’ll be so much embarrassment that comes with it because people will know and they’ll see you as the girl who has nowhere to sit. So there’s so many awful feelings that come along with it.”
“Sit With Us” is a free lunch-planning app where students can easily find friendly classmates who want to dine with them. It’s an open invitation that acts like an Evite. Each school has volunteer ambassadors who make sure everyone is being treated fairly.
Natalie is one special teenager. We need more like her. Tell your kids and grandkids about “Sit With Us.”