Jayomi Douglas started school when she was almost three-years-old. However, along the way, the school became a bit of a battlefield as she started to face bullying and marginalization.
So she wrote a book called “The Misfit” to not only stop bullying but to encourage literacy amongst her peers.
One of the best parts about it is little Jayomi is only 10-years-old!
Born in Livingston, NJ, Jayomi’s mother is an educator who encouraged her daughter to journal her feelings so she could work through them in a constructive way. This healthy, mature way of processing emotions came in hand when Jayomi started getting bullied in school.
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After reviewing those journals, Jayomi was inspired to write “The Misfit” in the hopes that not only would her classmates treat her with a little more kindness, but that they would be more encouraged to read books.
In so doing, young Jayomi pioneered the Stop Bullying movement.
“I was being bullied every single day at school and I felt like no one was doing anything about it,” she said. “The story is about a 10-year-old girl named “Hope” who is experiencing being bullied at school and also at home by her older sister. It is unique because although Hope is a character I created, Hope is me, Hope could be you, Hope symbolizes that light at the end of the tunnel.”
Currently, Jayomi is attending school at the Easton Arts Academy in Easton, PA. Happily, she’s excelling in all her subjects — though her favorite subject is, perhaps unsurprisingly, reading. Her story brings awareness to the dangers of bullying and inspires, uplifts, and motivates others who have been bullied.
Jayomi, and the Stop Bullying story “The Misfit,” can be seen on Instagram here.