Leave Rebecca Black alone!
First, the 14-year-old YouTube sensation endured endless taunting from cyber bullies after she debuted her video “Friday” in March. Because of this and other reasons, her mother removed Rebecca from school and is home-schooling her daughter herself!
“When I walk by they’ll start singing ‘Friday’ in a really nasally voice,” Rebecca told ABC News of her former classmates at her Anaheim Hills, Calif., school. “Or, you know, they’ll be like, ‘Oh hey, Rebecca, guess what day it is?'”
Wow, that’s just awful. All Rebecca wants to do is sing—not be the object of schoolyard taunts. Where are the school’s administrators in all of this? Considering how teen bullying became a national talking point this year, it seems unthinkable that competent educators couldn’t have properly dealt with the situation.
But Rebecca’s mom, Georgina Marquez, took matters into her own hands. Smart woman! Plus, she looked at the positive outcome of yanking her daughter from school: Home schooling is allowing Rebecca to focus on her career. Say her mom: “She certainly did not need that kind of pressure.”
Rebecca took to Twitter after the interview to explain that it wasn’t just the bullying, though. “Hey guys! So, Nightline didn’t tell the whole story about why I decided to be home schooled. Although the bullying was one reason I left school, the MAIN reason was that my school has a policy that missing school because of work would be unexcused, so I entered a California online high school for performers and athletes to get credit for work they do at home or on the road. Bottom line, I can’t follow my dreams while going to a normal school. It’s just not possible in my school district.