STRUG­GLE STREET SPREADS POS­I­TIVE BUL­LY­ING MES­SAGE

CHLOE’S MUM PROUD OF POS­I­TIVE MES­SAGE

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Alison Bald­ing

STRUG­GLE Street star Chloe Kennedy hopes her con­fronting con­fes­sions of sui­ci­dal thoughts de­liv­ered a strong anti-bul­ly­ing mes­sage in the show’s fi­nal in­stal­ment.

Cam­eras cap­tured the 19year-old’s heart­break­ing ad­mis­sion as she read aloud a let­ter to her par­ents.

Life hasn’t been easy for the Will­mot teen, who just three years ago was diag- nosed with Asperger’s syn­drome and a mild in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­ity.

She re­calls be­ing bul­lied ev­ery day through pri­mary and high school.

“It made me up­set, it made me want to leave ...,” Miss Kennedy said.

“They (my bul­lies) had no right to do that to me.”

While she got the chance to hear an apol­ogy from one of her bul­lies in last Wed­nes­day’s show, Miss Kennedy hopes the rest also come for­ward to apol­o­gise.

“I just hope the mes­sage got out there to peo­ple,” she said. “I hope it got out to the peo­ple who bul­lied me so they know how they made me feel.”

While Mrs Kennedy wishes more of the pos­i­tive footage taken of her hus­band had made the fi­nal cut, she was so proud of her daugh­ter. “It took courage for her to say what she did, and if it can help some­one else out there, that’s a great thing,” Mrs Kennedy said.

“I think the mes­sage is, there is hope for ev­ery­one.”

Mrs Kennedy said watch­ing her daugh­ter work with Street Uni to turn her words into a rap was spe­cial.

Pic­ture: PETER KELLY

Peta Kennedy and her daugh­ter Chloe hope air­ing Strug­gle Street will help other chil­dren be­ing bul­lied.

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