Once-bullied teen creates app Sit With Us so students don't eat alone at school
Natalie Hampton spent most of her 7th and 8th grade school years eating lunch alone.
The new girl at an all-girls private school in Los Angeles, she became the target of a clique of “mean girls” who excluded her from parties, called her names and even physically assaulted her, she said. They told her she was ugly and would never have any friends. They shoved her in a locker, scratched her and even threatened to kill her.
She feared telling on them, afraid of their retaliation. Once a kid who loved going to school, Natalie now dreaded it. She stopped eating, she couldn’t sleep. The anxiety became so bad that she had to be hospitalized. Her mom calls it “the darkest period of our lives.”
So Natalie came up with an idea that would allow students a judgment-free way to find lunch mates without the fear of being rejected. She developed an app called “Sit With Us,” where students can sign up as “ambassadors” and post that there are open seats at their lunch table. A student who doesn’t have a place to sit can look at the app and find an ambassador’s table and know they are invited to join it.Akallabeth, Smarmie Doofus, Bad Tina and 6 othersMistaP, gardengoddess, nenagh, h-32, Cassiopeia, Marym625 like this(~_^) and this o (~_~) o (#~_~) o and (^~^)3 this (o_o) this (6_6) (O_O) and (*_*) (*_o) (o*o)
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