O.C. gay teen Jonah Mowry’s video about being bullied goes viral
Lake Forest teenager Jonah Mowry has garnered attention and support after a YouTube video he posted about being bullied went viral, resulting in more than 7 millions views.
In the video, the 14-year-old silently holds up handwritten flashcards detailing the pain he's suffered from being bullied since the first grade. He also reveals to his parents that he is gay.
"I look happy, right? Well, I'm not. What all you see is the fake me," he wrote on the cards. "I've done things I'm not proud of. I've cut. Suicide was an option. I get bullied every day."
Jonah posted the video in August, shortly before starting eighth grade. Since Saturday, when the video had 800 views, it has been watched more than 7 million times.
Many of the comments posted about the video offer Jonah support and encouragement. Mowry's mother told ABC that her son has been overwhelmed from the outpouring of good wishes.
The teen has since posted an update that accompanies the video.
"In the last few months everything eventually came out in the open," he wrote. "I felt a huge weight off my shoulders. I'm happy. ... I'm more confident and feel stronger every day."
-- Angel Jennings