Posted 10/3/12 by Amy Willsey in News

Inspiring Video: News Anchor Calls Out Her Bully Live

October is anti-bullying month across the nation. Bullies, though mostly thought of as mean girls in middle school, are all around us. They come in many shapes and sizes and both genders, including adults and children, takes place not only between same aged kids but also kids to adults, adults to adults, etc.

Celebrities such as Demi Lovato, LeAnne Rimes and Ellen Degeneres are just a few people in the spotlight that have spoken out and continue to speak out against bullying. And I thank them, as I’m sure so many others do, for taking a stand against a cause that need light shed on it.

Although I was never bullied during my formative years, I had the unpleasant experience of being bullied this summer by a 10-year-old girl I had once babysat. I know this could sound like me over reacting, but I ensure you that wasn’t the case. She said some truly hurtful things about a birthmark I have.

Yes, I am more than double her age and twice her size, but I found myself in tears regardless. It’s not so much what she said that rattled me, but the thought that I am a secure 21-year-old and she hurt my feelings, imagine being a girl in her grade or someone younger. It broke my heart to witness something that mean first hand.

This video I’m sharing with you all is from a newscast in La Crosse, Wisc. A man in La Crosse wrote an email to Jennifer Livingston, WKBT News 8 This Morning Anchor, containing some not so nice thoughts about Livingston’s weight. Instead of blowing him off, which would be easy to do, she took to her broadcast and called him out.

“Do not let your self-worth be defined by bullies.” – Jennifer Livingston

She called the jerk out for bullying her while also bringing awareness to the problem of bullying. I’m sure she wasn’t particularly happy drawing attention to her weight on television but she did just that for the betterment of her community. I applaud you, Jennifer Livingston. And that is precisely why I shared my story – I couldn’t very well chicken out or share half of what happened with you guys and then show this video… I think the word hypocrite would come to mind. So here it is, warning: You may get goosebumps.


Have you ever been bullied? Have an inspiring words for those going through it? Leave a comment! You can make more of a difference than you think.


Amy Willsey

I'm a junior magazine journalism major and business minor at the University of Missouri. I came from the lovely Kansas City and am a die hard Royals and Chiefs fan. I enjoy long-distance runs, alliteration and I spend my free time finding the fraternities with the cutest puppies. Carry on, all you pretty people, carry on.