A’Burg teen sends powerful message to bullied teen

By Joel Charron

It was a story that hit close to home.

Last week, Jordan Monforton, 17, watched a video of a California teen share his heart wrenching story of being bullied at school.

It was a story that Monforton knew all too well.

“I know what he was feeling because I’ve been bullied almost my whole life,” said Monforton.

After watching the video of 14-year-old Jonah Mowry, he showed his mother the video.

The video entitled ‘What’s goin’ on” depicts Mowry expressing the pain he has tolerated from bullying with the use of flash cards. In the video Mowey said the bullying has caused him to cut himself on several occasions, starting in Grade 1, it also mentioned that he has been brought to the brink of suicide. The video, which was posted back in August has since gone viral and had more than seven million views on YouTube.


17-year-old Jordan Monforton was so moved by Johan Mowry’s anti-bullying video on YouTube, Monforton sent a video of is own telling the bullied teen he’s not alone.

Several thoughts raced through Monforton’s head while watching Mowry’s video.

“I just kept thinking, why are people picking on this kid?” he said. “I mean, what makes a kid cut himself in Grade 2.”

Monforton was so moved he recorded a video of his own entitled “Response to Jonah.”

“I just want to get the message out that no matter what, that there is someone that is going to be there for you,” said Monforton.

The 17-year-old said that his bullying started in elementary school and followed into high school. He mentioned that often times he would keep it to himself and avoid telling friends and family.

Monforton said he has been harassed, pushed and spit on. He even was bullied through online messaging and text.

In his response, Monforton told Mowry that he too thought of suicide as a way out but realizes that there “are millions of reasons to be here.”

Monforton’s situation improved when he started to reach out and speaking with his mother. However, Monforton said he still gets bullied from time to time but has found ways to deal with the frustrating feelings.

“I do a lot of writing or I go for a run. That is usually how I deal with things and it works most of the time,” he said.

Monforton’s main reason for making his video was to let others know that they are not alone and there is always someone there to speak with if they are being bullied.

“I would like to say let’s stop bullying, but we all know it’s not going to stop,” he said. “If you’re being bullied, seek help. Try to ignore it the best you can because those types of people feed off your response.”

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