A young girl with short red hair stands in front of a classroom of fellow pupils, clutching a microphone.
Quietly, with head bowed, she sings: ‘I don’t think anyone should have to go through what I had to...’
It’s a song she has written herself. The words are about how she has been bullied.
At the end of the song, she finally looks up with a little smile and says: ‘People are so ignorant, but I am proud.’
The girl is performing at one of Kate Nash’s Rock ’n’ Roll For Girls After School Clubs.
Think Jack Black’s School of Rock meets Glee and you get an idea of what it’s all about.
During the past two years the Brit Award-winning pop star has, along with a group of like-minded female musicians, been working with schools around the country, teaching teenage girls to play instruments and write songs in an effort to bolster their self-esteem and emotional health in the process.
The first stage of the project culminated in a show featuring the girls and Kate at the Queen Elizabeth Halls in London last December.
During workshops, teenagers are encouraged to write about anything that is important to them and then sing their own words to music they play along with Kate and her colleagues. The girl I have just watched on video was singing about being bullied for being a redhead.
Though Kate sports raven-black hair with white streaks, she is a natural redhead, so feels a particular empathy for the youngster’s situation.
And she is acutely aware, from personal experience, of how tough life can be for young girls.
She was bullied at school and on one occasion a group of girls locked her in a cupboard for an hour. It was the lowest point of a year of ‘bitchy little events’.
Kate says: ‘That’s really sad, isn’t it? I was 16 at that point. Girls – kids – can be mean. It was a power thing. It was done jokily, like it wasn’t a big deal, while I was locked in there just crying.’
By 19 she was thrust into stardom, with a No?1 platinum-selling album and a Brit award. But the subsequent pressures of a relentless tour schedule – and comments she endured about her weight and general appearance – brought on a breakdown.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2371565/School-bullies-locked-cupboard--I-started-rock-n-roll-club-girls-Pop-star-Kate-Nash-tells-trauma-inspired-lead-campaign-help-troubled-teens.html#ixzz2Zsz5RASV
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Posted By: AliReed |
7/23/13 11:19 AM
I cant believe that could happen at school and no teachers were there to stop it. I would have cried too
Posted By: SHOrty |
7/24/13 3:27 PM
Im not sure how kids could find that funny and how they didnt let her out when they heard her crying