Bullying Victim Spreads Message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


By Jessica Gertler

Taliya McNabb has been through more than most sixth grade Charles Henderson Middle School students. She's battled cancer and has been bullied since the third grade.

Today, she let her peers know, just like Martin Luther King Jr., she's standing up against violence.

"I was having headaches, and my mom took me to the doctor," says McNabb. "They found a Wilms tumor on my right kidney."

But that's not the only fight twelve-year-old McNabb is battling.

"They call me fat, ugly and bald-headed," McNabb says.

She says she's been bullied since the third grade.

"I don't know why they call me that, because I'm the quietest one in the class room," she says.

But today her voice is being heard. McNabb was the guest speaker at the Martin Luther King Jr. Program at the Pike County Boys and Girls Club. Mazaria McNabb says it's nice to know organizations like this are behind her child.

"She does have support and some of the community is behind her," Mazaria says. "The bullying has to stop."

Boys and Girls Club Director Pamela Nealy says McNabb's story carries Dr. King's message.

"Martin Luther King stood for non-violence, and he talked about all of us being one race. Not African-Americans. Caucasians. Latinos," says Nealy. "We're one race. A human race."

McNabb says while the pain can be unbearable, she hopes her peers help stand up against bullying.  

"I don't think they should call anybody names," she says. "I say ignore them or tell a teacher or your mom."

McNabb says the bullying has been both physical and verbal. Her mother and the Boys and Girls Club are working with her to build back her self-esteem.

McNabb's kidney cancer is in remission.

Troy City School officials say they have zero tolerance policy against bullying.

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