It seems like there is no end to the ways that people can choose to be hurtful and bully others online. This week, we’ve learned about the disturbing new trend called the “New Teacher Challenge” on TikTok. Two activists, Lizzie Velasquez and Alyce Chan, have addressed this terrible challenge and the ways it hurts those with facial differences.
We do not want to belabor the points made by Lizzie and Alyce, nor take away from the things that have been so eloquently said, but we do want to clearly state that this type of behavior is wrong. It’s cruel. What makes it even more terrible is that parents are making this joke to their children, thus passing along the idea that this type of humor is acceptable and encouraged.
We hope you will take heart, that even though the online bullying continues, there are people taking a stand. CCA continues to report these accounts each time we find them and we will continue to press the marketing team at the TikTok app to remove content that bullies and discriminates.
Our goal is to make the world an accepting place for all, but especially those with facial differences. While it may seem impossible, if we want bullying to end, we have to take action. The world needs inclusion and empathy, now more than ever, and there is no one better than us to carry out the mission of acceptance. Stay strong as we lead the #ChooseKind movement and help others realize that #DifferentIsCool.