UPDATE 6:34 PM EST: Contrary to initial reports, the teen who punched the first attacker did not receive any kind of punishment for stepping in and defending his classmate. Additionally, the student voluntarily left the football team at the end of the 2014-2015 school year, and was never even on this semester's roster.
You may have seen the viral video already.
When a student at Huntington Beach High School in southern California began punching another student — who was blind — a third student came to the rescue and delivered an incredible example of schoolyard justice!
"I had a very long-term relationship with this abuser, which is a horrible thing to say… "I didn't even understand it was abuse, because I was too young to know. I endured it so many times, especially because I was alone a lot."
When she was 14, the San Francisco-native was raped by a second family friend.
"I was raped continuously through my teenage years, and I didn't know how to stop it. It was also an era where young girls were being sexualized… For me, I think I had been sexually abused so much in my life that it was hard for me to let go of anger, forgive or understand what happened."
What made it worse was that she could not seek solace in her high school classmates, who only used this as a way to bully her.
But Trisha Prabhu is doing everything she can to make the Internet a friendlier place with a little app she developed called ReThink!
By connecting to all of your social media apps on your mobile device, ReThink is able to keep track of any outgoing messages or possible posts and asks users to reconsider sending anything out if it detects harmful or offensive language!
As a high schooler, this issue clearly hit close to home for Trisha. But she says she was really inspired when she heard the story of a teen who took her own life after being the victim of cyberbullying:
"How can a girl younger than myself be pushed to take her own life? I was shocked, heartbroken and angry to learn about this incident and set out to find a long-term solution to cyberbullying. I knew I had to do something to stop this from ever happening again."
While not all victims claim their own lives, the numbers are pretty staggering when it comes to teens dealing with depression and anxiety due to cyberbullying.
Trisha goes on to say:
"Research shows that over 50% of adolescents online are cyberbullied, 38% suffer from suicidal tendencies. Victims suffer from depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem, and are afraid to go to school the following day."
The app is currently available on the Google Play store and should be available to Apple devices soon, but the early reviews are already great!
In fact, Trisha says ReThink users have reconsidered sending harmful messages about 93% of the time!
The 15-year-old has already won a handful of awards for her innovative app and she's rubbed shoulders with some pretty interesting people (above), and we have a feeling this wont be the last we hear from her!
The Bachelor and The Bachelorette may have a questionable history when it comes to gender norms and sexism, but it was very pleasant to see the show use its place in pop culture to help fight bullying.
Plus, it doesn't hurt that Kaitlyn is far and away the most likeable contestant the show has ever had.
Ch-ch-check out the emotional, yet thought-provoking Reality TV moment (above)!!!
P.S. We know they broke up, but where were Britt and Brady??