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    Bullied teen elected homecoming princess

    Date: 09.30.11 | by Judge Tom.

    Rachel Sampson, a 14 year-old freshman at Poway High School in California didn’t let the bullies get the best of her. As a cruel joke, a few students placed her name on the ballot for this year’s homecoming princess. Rachel, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, saw it as an opportunity to teach others that this illness is not a barrier to success. The bullies meant to ridicule her but Rachel succeeded in gathering enough support to win the election. In September, 2011, she was crowned Freshman Homecoming Princess.

    Congratulations, Rachel. You’re a great example to all victims of bullying on how to handle taunts and mean-spirited messages. Their issues are more serious than what you’ve learned to live with. We wish you the best throughout your high school and college years.

    We also commend Rachel’s friends and supporters for standing up against bullying. A few of the posts on Facebook speak for themselves:

    Elizabeth Caviness: I think that rather than make the bullies the focus of attention we should should make Rachel feel honored for being nominated. Poway has the amazing opportunity to make a statement on two fronts: 1. Bullying is wrong and we will not stand …for it and 2. Special Ed youths deserve respect, recognition and honor just like any other student and allowing Rachel’s name to stay on the ballot, and perhaps even win the election would be powerful indeed! Vote for Rachel!

    Cathy Klein: Where does the buck stop? Who is responsible and what is being done? Rachael Sampson is a hero and needs everyones support.

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    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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    • Tulsa Divorce Lawyers
      Fri, 30 Sep 2011 at 04:34

      Glad to hear Rachel did not let the bullies keep her down. She displayed a lot of fortitude by rising to the occasion the way she did.

    • Askthejudge.info
      Sat, 01 Oct 2011 at 12:46

      New blog post: Bullied teen elected homecoming princess – Rachel Sampson, a 14 year-old freshman at Poway High Schoo… http://t.co/ff9EWx9B

    • Kathleen Sampson
      Sat, 01 Oct 2011 at 06:58

      We are so proud of her! She knows that she cannot control the way people behave but she can control how she reacts to it!
      Rachel has excellent insight as that is something we could all keep in mind. Thank you for your comment.

    • Tulsa Divorce Lawyers
      Sun, 02 Oct 2011 at 04:03

      I agree with you Kathleen – that is something that we can all be proud of her for!

    • Operation for HOPE
      Tue, 04 Oct 2011 at 08:24

      http://t.co/Y0vh9hV6 http://t.co/aouDsgrZ

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