VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – She’s just 14 years old, bullied so badly in school that she has decided to pursue online learning.
This same girl has just won the title of “Miss Teen Vancouver,” and she is taking the opportunity to stand up for other girls who feel helpless.
Dani Lafleur says the name calling started in grade eight. Things about her were posted online and she quickly turned to cutting as a way of dealing with it all.
“It all just rooted from my self esteem. I didn’t feel confident in myself, and I didn’t like myself and it was very traumatizing,” she explains.
She says she’s been working on herself for a year now and that’s when she entered the pageant
“I’m going to the ‘Miss Teen Canada World” pageant this summer and we’re raising money for ‘Free the Children.’”
Her dream is to raise enough cash so she can go to Kenya and help build up the villages there.
“So now I feel like I am ready to make a change and I feel sick thinking about girls being in the position that I have been in.”