“I left public school because the bullying got so bad, and started home schooling. It was kind of before people really started talking about the issues that are going on in today’s society, the effect that it has on people, the cyberbullying. It’s something that is just so toxic and it has such a huge impact on people who are still in school, trying to figure out who they are.”
What did they do in Lovato’s case? “There was a petition that went around the school for me to kill myself. And a bunch of people signed it saying, ‘Yeah, we hope you follow through with this.’ So it was, like, very mean things. Things that kind of make you sick to your stomach when you think about the fact that that actually happens at schools. And there was also in the bathroom ‘Demi’s hate wall’ - nasty bathroom wall names that a 12-year-old couldn’t possibly be. I dealt with that, but that ended up making me a stronger person. I still deal with sometimes trusting people, especially girls. Sometimes I have my guard up when it comes to girls ‘cause I know what they’re capable of.”
Pictured: Demi Lovato arrives at Chevy Rocks The Future at the Buena Vista Lot at The Walt Disney Studios on February 19, 2008 in Burbank, California.