Exclusive: From “most unpopular girl at school” to major magazine - one girl’s story of finding her voice

Tayla’s plea for help stunned us here at the Change.org office. The details are shocking. This girl is just 12:

"I'm the most unpopular kid at school and people make my life a living hell. Every day people call me fatso, weirdo, ugly, freak, and tell me I should kill myself.

Other people in my class throw things at me and film it on their phones. They tell me they're going to upload it to the net."

Tayla felt voiceless and powerless to change her situation. She opened her mum’s laptop, logged on to Change.org and explained she had “nowhere else to go for help.”

Tayla started her petition from her mum's laptop

Tayla started her petition from her mum's laptop

As thousands of people began signing and sharing her petition, the Change.org team provided advice and support to Tayla and her mum – on speaking to media and how to make her voice louder.  

This weekend, Tayla is featured in The Weekend Australian magazine. Her story and bravery will help thousands and has already inspired a national anti-bullying movement.

Tayla in The Weekend Australian Magazine 

Tayla in The Weekend Australian Magazine 

Amazing things can happen when people use Change.org. Two days after she started her petition, a Facebook Group formed and arranged a mass walk-home, meeting Tayla from school. Journalists on news sites and on TV were inspired to share for the first time their personal experiences of bullying. Social media lit up in support of Tayla.

Then her mum wrote this, which we’ll finish with, to say thank you so much for signing petitions and using Change.org. It makes a bigger difference than you may realise:

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