Pop singer speaks out about bullying at Fortuna schools

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FORTUNA- Bullying is an ongoing issue for children across the country, but on Tuesday elementary and middle schoolers in Fortuna received some encouragement from a pop singer.

Meredith O’Connor is a singer and anti-bullying advocate from New York City, known for her songs “Celebrity” and “The Game”. On Tuesday she was at Ambrosini Elementary and Toddy Thomas Middle School to perform and speak to students. At Toddy Thomas, the school’s choir had the opportunity to sing with O’Connor on stage. While there she also took questions from the audience about addressing bullying, gave advice, and signed autographs for the kids.

“When you're in middle school you really do have to experience sometimes the worst time of your childhood,” O’Connor said. “For me, I know it was very hard for me because I was insecure and I was being bullied. So I think it's really awesome some of the kids in this crowd really did receive the message and told me things like they might be scared to come forward to speak to other people, but I think it was really cool that I was able to let them know that I am here to tell them they are not alone.”