Jacques St. Pierre, a 17-year-old from Etobicoke in Toronto, Canada, received a surprise recently after pop superstar Lady Gaga sent him a video message thanking him for his anti-bullying efforts.
According to reports St. Pierre, who is student council president of the Etobicoke School of the Arts, had experienced bullying while in elementary school. This, and recent stories of bullying and teen suicide, led St. Pierre to take action.
“I got called the gay kid, the fag, because I liked to be in the school plays,” he told CBC’s Melanie Nagy. “I lost my best friend because he joined in with the bullies. It’s not fun, I’ve been there, I’ve been bullied. Before that, I didn’t know bullying could affect people so severely.”
Motivated to do something about it, St. Pierre organized a school assembly with an anti-bullying theme. He also gathered pledges from fellow students, calling on them to agree to help combat the problem.
But he also sent dozens of emails to celebrities, asking them to give their support.
That’s when he received an email he won’t soon forget.
Below you can see Lady Gaga’s message to Jacques:
Jacques kept the video message a secret until the day of his school assembly. It apparently had a big impact on his classmates, with several students quoted as saying that because of the assembly and video they now realize bullying is a serious issue.
As many readers may be aware, Lady Gaga was moved to action when news of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer’s bullying-related suicide emerged earlier this year. She has met with President Obama to discuss the issue and has now launched the Born This Way Foundation to combat bullying and inspire young people to embrace individuality.
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