Local high school students reached out to help an Indian Trail teen targeted by vicious bullying.
After Eyewitness News aired the story of how Bianca Tartarone had been attacked by her classmates online and in school, messages of support came flooding in.
Two health classes at William A. Hough High School in Cornelius watched the story, and were touched by Bianca's situation.
They decided to write letters of support and send them to Bianca to let her know she's not alone. The letters are particularly poignant because a Hough High student committed suicide earlier this school year after she was bullied.
"Recently, a girl at my school chose to end her life as a result of bullying. I wish I could do something to stop them," one student wrote.
Another student told Tartarone, "You're beautiful, even though I don't know you and I wish I could help. I sit here and watch my peers go through it.”
"(The letters) make me happy. At least someone else understands what I've been going through," Tartarone said.
Tartarone was forced to leave Porter Ridge Middle School in Indian Trail last month after relentless bullying. In the most recent attack, three students had attacked her on Facebook, making fun of her weight, her friends and threatening to come to her house with "torches and pitchforks."
Tartarone said that reading the letters gives her strength to continue to share her story and rebuild her self-esteem.
"I'm working on it. It doesn't matter what they think, it matters what I think," Tartarone said.