Middle School Student Stands Up Against Bullying

Date Posted: 6/27/2013

Emily Lafley, a member of the youth group of First UMC, Orange, entered an essay in the “Do the Write Thing Texas” anti-violence challenge and won an award, demonstrating bold leadership at a young age.


Bullying in a child’s world can be personal and long lasting, according to middle school student Emily Lafley, a member of First UMC, Orange. “I was adopted when I was six years old and in fourth grade the kids starting making fun of me,” she shares. “They said that they knew my real mom and that I didn’t, and they told me that I was a child nobody wanted, which made me feel unwanted as a friend.”


Emily changed the way she views things and now realizes those kind of experiences have made her a stronger person. “In a way, I got to pick my parents and I would not change my life for anything else! I have parents of gold and I am richer than some people because I have LOVE!”


She is an active member of the FUMC, Orange youth group and particularly loves going to summer camp.


Emily was inspired to enter the Do the Write Thing Texas Challenge this year and now boasts a winning essay about overcoming this type of emotional violence. “I am glad my teacher encouraged me to enter – because I won!”

She is looking forward to her trip to Washington next month as a national finalist. Says Emily, “I am so excited to go to Washington and represent southeast Texas. I will do some sightseeing while we spend five days in the city. It is very exciting to know that a copy of my essay will be put in the Library of Congress.”