My Story by Bri Hernandez

Hey there! My name is Bri and I would love to tell you my story on how I found boo2bullying and the huge impact it’s made on my life. 

I discovered boo2bullying around the end of 2015. One of the female ambassadors Cassie Scerbo was talking about an event happening in Palm Springs. I’ve looked up to Cassie for so many years and seeing that she was apart of something I’ve wanted to do inspired me to know more about the team. I started to attend a few events and when I saw how incredibly kind and down to earth the leaders were, I knew I wanted to be a part of this team. 

This was something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, there are so many hobbies out there but this really stood out to me. It’s more than a hobby, this is something I want to continuously do for the rest of my life. I want to be a leader and a role model to kids, teens and even adults to teach them that you are not alone and that bullying never wins but love does. 

Bri and Cassie Scerbo, Boo2Bullying’s 6th Annual Toy Drive, Los Angeles

I’ve never really told my story online before so I’m about to take a very brave step here.. I’ve been bullied since middle school, and because of that I’ve suffered a depression that was really hard to climb my way out of. One of the issues was my weight, then there were rumors from mean girls, physical threats, having a petition being signed by half of my junior class saying I was a loser and that I didn’t belong. And another issue was being made fun of for my learning disability. I always felt like I wasn’t good enough or didn’t fit in anywhere, it got so bad to the point where I became suicidal. And honestly without God, I don’t think I would have been able to survive that chapter in my life. 

To this day I still get bullied sometimes at work, as well as sometimes on social media. I feel like cyberbullying has gotten a lot worse for this generation, but as I’ve grown older I’ve learned to ignore haters and I’m at a place where I know how to handle what they think about me. I simply choose to not feed into there negativity. Often times, the best response is no response. It’s not always easy, especially since I suffer with self-confidence and bad anxiety, but one thing I’ve realized is that sometimes bullies will bully you because they’re angry or sad with their own lives, so they try to take down people who are happy. It’s not ok. And always remember what they say is a reflection of them not of you! People don’t always know what others are going through, that’s why one spark of kindness can change so much or make someone’s whole day. 

My advice to people being bullied is to always speak up or talk to one of your family members, teachers, school counselors or your best friends. Surround yourself with people who love you unconditionally and want to see you happy! Never be ashamed of who you are. Work on being in love with the person in the mirror who has been through so much but is still standing. Know your self worth! Do not let these bullies take away your joy. You are beautiful inside and out and you are here on this earth for a reason!

Lindsey Shaw, Cassie Scerbo and Bri Hernandez, Boo2Bullying 2017 PSA “Did You Know Campaign”

After everything I’ve been through, I can honestly say I survived a lot and the love I have for this organization is huge. It honestly saved me from a dark place in my life and I can’t even express enough how blessed I am for it all. Over the past four years I’ve had the pleasure of volunteering with B2B and in April one of my biggest goals was accomplished, I am now an outreach ambassador for B2B and I am very thankful. Grateful with all of my heart. B2B has given me the opportunity to help others. Whether it’s work within the charity or saving someone’s life from bullying, this has always been something I’ve been passionate about and one of my biggest goals in life. 

Thank you, B2B❤️

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