10-year-old Cassidy Slater posted this video on Facebook.
The Yankees, whose Triple-A affiliate is based in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, posted a video Wednesday on Twitter in response to Slater along with this message: "Hey Cassidy - we saw the video you made and from all of us here at the New York Yankees, we want you to know that you are not alone".
Mimicking the style the girl, Cassidy from Scranton, Pennsylvania, used in her emotional video, each Yankee held up sheets of paper with writing on them. She says she is the target of a group of kids who "hit me, kicked me, pulled my hair, pushed me, stepped on me, spit on me". "I want you to know you're loved, special & smart". "Whenever I sit at a lunch table, the kids get up".
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The video originally was posted on Slater's own Facebook page, but according to her mother Jenn Slater's Facebook page, where the video was reposted, "she was threatened by the principal to remove the video or he was going to report it and he was successful".
Each page details the way the bullying escalated - from students attacking and spitting on her, to the students telling Cassidy to kill herself.
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"Dear Cassidy. My name is C.C. Sabathia and I play baseball for the New York Yankees", their video begins. "We may be older than you, we may be taller than you, but we want you to know that we look up to you". "I feel so alone". Stop Bullying! Not just for me for other kids too. You are not alone! "Please share my story!" In fact, we are saving a seat for you at our lunch table in the clubhouse.
Cassidy's video has received over 160,000 likes and thousands of shares on Facebook.The New York Yankees posted an anti-bullying video, April 18, 2018. "I don't know how to explain how it made me feel...even talking about it I get choked up". Her father added that they might reconsider if the bullying continued.
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