Pop Singer Shares Anti-Bullying Message at Women In School Leadership Forum

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  “It’s an honor to be here. My story is not all happy,” is how pop star Meredith O’Connor opened her talk during the morning session at Day No. 2 of the Women In School Leadership Forum at Newport Beach, Calif.

Today, O’Connor sells out concerts and speaks regularly in cities worldwide in an effort to raise awareness about issues such as anti-bullying and mental health.

“As a victim of bullying, the worst part was that I felt it was my fault,” she told her audience. “When I was 14, I signed a modeling contract, I was still being picked on for my height.”

She shared her messages through her music, singing “The Game,” “Just The Thing,” “Stronger” and “I Am.”

“One of my favorite things to do is meet administrators who care,” she said. “We have this mission that we have to do together.”

She talked about amazed at “how not alone” she was based on her mail. She heard from fans who were also victims of bullying. “There’s nothing I want to do more than let students know they’re not alone. We’re all here as great support systems.”

The WISL Forum is being co-hosted by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and the Association of California School Administrator.

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