Internationally acclaimed singer and Broadway actress Lea Salonga voiced support for victims of a bullying incident at Ateneo de Manila Junior High School in the Philippines, reports Inquirer. A video showing a student challenging his classmate to a fight in the toilet went viral, drawing international attention, according to The Philippine Star.
The Tony-award-winning singer wrote, “I think we all agree that the school needs to take much swifter action with regards to this boy’s pattern of behavior (there are allegedly more
Salonga has been vocal in a growing online movement against bullying. Earlier this year, she shared a blog post about body shaming revealing that she has been “called fat to my face,” according to Inquirer.
In June, she responded to
Choose love. Choose empathy. Choose acceptance. Choose understanding. Kids should not be killing themselves. If you have an LGBT+ child, tell them you love them, and that it does get better, and that no one has the right to take away their sparkle. https://t.co/1lV2WL8sXD
— Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) June 7, 2018
She urged, “Choose love. Choose empathy. Choose acceptance. Choose
Salonga encouraged the victims of bullying in Manila not to be defenseless and suggested that parents enroll their children in martial arts classes. She was clear, however, not to place full responsibility on the victims. To Ateneo de Manila Junior High School, her message was: “We are all watching.”
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