Bullying is a worldwide issue and, unfortunately, it keeps rearing its ugly head. For whatever reason, it seems that we are bombarded on a daily basis with some new story of a tragic bullying incident. In some extreme cases, it can even nudge the victims towards self-harm and sometimes even suicide. Thankfully, not every case ends up that way, and some people are even able to take that tragic experience and find the strength to take a stand on behalf of victims of bullying everywhere.
Hannah Combs had barely begun her freshman year at Harker Heights High School in Killeen, Texas when tragedy struck. A boy came up from behind and poured superglue all over the 15-year-old's hair and scalp. She'd been bullied in the past, but never quite like this. For this heinous act, the boy received just an in-school suspension.
Hannah's father, Christian Grimmer, was furious at the way the school handled the situation. Hannah was merely examined by a school nurse, but it wasn't until Christian took her to an urgent care facility that she was diagnosed with a first-degree chemical burn to her scalp – even though she reported that it started burning almost immediately. Hannah describes the feeling as a "sunburn times 10."
As you can see, the damage to her hair was pretty bad ...
Hannah and her mother, Jessica, were forced to make the difficult choice of cutting her hair, which Hannah says was her favorite part about herself.
Thankfully, a local stylist named Nikki heard about the situation and offered to style her hair free of charge.
Still, the whole family was devastated until Jessica made a Facebook page for her daughter called "Justice For Hannah." That's when the support started pouring in from all over and Hannah realized what she needed to do. "There are people who couldn't stand up for themselves, but they talk to me about it," Hannah says. "It makes me want to help. It's amazing how many people are supporting me."
Hannah is embracing her new look and wants to use her newfound platform to do some good for others. She says that she's "just a normal kid with strong beliefs," and that she wants to make a difference and help others stand up for themselves because "no one deserves to be bullied - it’s not fair for anyone."
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