STRUGGLE STREET SPREADS POSITIVE BULLYING MESSAGE
CHLOE’S MUM PROUD OF POSITIVE MESSAGE
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.
Peta Kennedy and her daughter Chloe hope airing Struggle Street will help other children being bullied.