Teenager’s Life Saved by Strangers
A seventh-grader from Columbia, Md. has been tormented by his classmates for years. Noah Brocklebank has been called ‘ugly,’ ‘fat,’ and ‘stupid.’ Finally, Brocklebank had enough. He posted a message on his Instagram account that he was going to end his life on his 13th birthday along with a photo of self-inflicted wounds. And then a stranger reached out to him, and then another and another.
His mom, Karen Brocklebank came across her son’s message and became alarmed. She decided to share her son’s story and ask strangers to maybe put a few encouraging words in a letter to her son.
‘I put it out there. I was desperate. It was a survival plea,' she said.
In just a few weeks, more than 2,000 people from around the world reached out to Noah. That number is now well over 7,000. The boy admits that he finds comfort in reading the kind letters.
'I was focused on the bad side of the people, like the bullies. Then I realized there are caring people out there that can be my friends,' Noah said.
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