August 08, 2012
On Saturday, August 4th, Rachel Crow and DoSomething.org spoke up against bullying with students at The Bridge Teen Center in Orland Park, IL. The 2012 DoSomething.org Bully Project gives teens a chance to address the realities of bullying in their schools and identify ways to make a change through the first ever student-led nationwide bullying census.
The discussion was led by X Factor contestant and Nickelodeon star Rachel Crow, alongside Houston Weatherly, a sophomore at Bremen High School and a student from The Bridge Teen Center. During the discussion, students quickly opened up about the realities of bullying within their schools and ways to be proactive upon situations. According to DoSomething.org, “56% of students have personally felt some sort of bullying at school”. Rachel spoke about her experience with being bullied and how it is a continual battle.
The event brought 15 students together who expressed the same comfort in having a place to hang out - free from bullying. “The Bridge feels like a second home, here I don’t have to worry about bullying,” said Houston Weatherly. “You feel welcomed as soon as you walk into the door,” said Amber Holup (freshman at Tinley Park High School). After the 1-hour event, students had an opportunity to meet and take photos with Rachel.
Rachel Crow finished 5th on the first season of X Factor, and quickly became a fan favorite and darling among the X Factor judges. The 14-year old released her self-titled EP on June 26th with Columbia Records, and also has a TV deal with Nickelodeon. She is currently featured on Big Time Rush's Summer Tour 2012 along with Cody Simpson. She has guest starred on the television shows Fred: The Show, Figure It Out, and Big Time Rush.