PLANO, TX (WFAA/CNN) – A teenage girl in Texas has the last laugh.
Earlier this week, Shea Shawan received a number of threatening text messages, but her community is standing by Shea and sending a message that bullying is not to be tolerated.
Shea had never wanted the attention, but on Friday night, the quiet 17-year-old with disabilities was posing for pictures at the big football game.
The sights and sounds were familiar two Texas high school football – two team colors – and then there was one exception.
"Why green? Because it's loud and obnoxious," said Shea's mother Kerri Riddell.
It's meant to be loud to give Shea a voice.
"I want to should it from the rooftop, ‘I'm with Shea, I'm with Shea,'" said Riddell.
On Friday night, many were with Shea, as she was the victim of vicious and hurtful text messages from classmates. One of the messages read, "no one wants you here."
Shea's bullies were wrong.
"We can rise above, so you stand up don't stand by," said family friend Yolanda Miles.
This week, Plano, TX police arrested a student, charging them with harassment. The "I'm with Shea" saying has turned into a movement to fight bulling at schools.
"I didn't know it was going to be so big," said Riddle.
The movement has begun, and the mother and daughter now have an entire community behind them to stop bullying.
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