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Teen’s Anti-Bullying Video Goes Viral

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BEDFORD (CBSDFW.COM) - An anti-bullying home video made by a North Texas teenager has gone viral – viewed by nearly a half-million people.

“I’m still kind of shocked about it,” said 15-year-old Jonathan Cleveland.

The Bedford teenager made the video one night last month after what he said was a “bad day a school.”

The three minute video features Cleveland holding up hand-written card encouraging others to “hang in there” and put a stop to bullying.

It’s not flashy or even all that original but it’s been an internet hit.

Along with the thousands of views, hundreds have posted comments online about it or sent message to Cleveland on Twitter and Instagram.

“I’ve had a few comment from people saying I’ve saved their life and made them stronger,” he said.

Cleveland said he knows what it’s like to be bullied. He’s been bullied off and on since fourth grade.

“He is everybody,” said his father Paul Cleveland. “He’s not someone famous,  but a lot of people probably relate (to him).”

If nothing else, Cleveland said, the response to his video has shown him his struggles are shared by many other teenagers.

You can watch Cleveland’s YouTube video here:

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