At the start of the year, reports surfaced of a bullying incident at Franklin High School in which students recorded ripping a wig off of Lauren Williams, a 16-year-old sophomore.
Lauren has suffered from Eczema and Psoriasis throughout most of her life which has affected her scalp and hair growth. About a year ago, she began wearing wigs to school in order to feel more confident.
Yesterday I received a call from my youngest daughter screaming and crying on the phone, for me to come and get her from school. Apparently, some boys had taken a $5 BET about pulling her wig off in front of everyone. Lulu has a scalp condition that causes severe dryness and hair breakage and loss, and had been so ashamed of her appearance that she had taken to wearing wigs in an effort to still feel beautiful. We all know how easy it is to feel insecure at age 16. These kids not only tore her wig off in the middle of school, but video taped it. They followed her to the bathroom as she screamed and cried and proceeded to tape her OVER the stall as she cried and begged for her wig. Later I had to take her to the hospital for abrasions and whiplash. Lulu later decided to shave her hair off and not let these bullies win. She was not wanting to feel controlled by her hair any longer, and take back her control. I am only posting this with her permission but yesterday our entire family was angered and in tears about the way she was treated. The teen suicide rate has now DOUBLED and bullying has played a HUGE Role. If you have a teen in this situation, continue to uplift them and let them know that they are strong and beautiful and can own thier insecurities and take control rather than being controlled. I admire the strength and beauty of my little Lulu and know that she will inspire many others even through this difficult time in her life. #SayNoToShaming2018 Please share if you have a teen who needs to know they are beautiful no matter what! Bullies will not win in 2018
Being the total bada** that she is, Lauren didn't let the bullying incident get her down and shaved off all of her hair, becoming more confident than ever!
With the help of some incredible photographers and makeup artists, Lauren was given a glamour photo shoot and all I can say is
I mean, come on! Look at her! Now THAT is how you stand up to bullies and prove that you are an inspiration and a total bada**! Lauren - you are amazing. Never let the haters get you down ❤️