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First Coast teen on the verge of suicide overcomes bullying

6:20 PM, Oct 23, 2013   |    comments
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Mantha Giggetts, 13, overcomes bullying.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A local teenager said she was on the verge of committing suicide because of bullying. She, along with hundreds, signed a pledge to end bullying the First Coast News Anti-Bully Boot Camp and wants to continue sharing her experience to help others.

Today, Mantha Giggetts, 13, takes a look at herself in the mirror and sees a beautiful confident teenager, but that wasn't always the case.

"Right around third grade, it all started to pack in. I couldn't be myself anymore. I had to try to live up to the status quo. I had to be like the populars," said Giggetts.

Mantha said instead of fitting in, other students were casting her out.

"Girls can call you ugly or fat or other names and that could really hit a girl hard," said Giggetts.

Mantha said from third to fifth grade she was bullied verbally and physically.

"Fifth grade was really my breaking point," added Giggetts. "I wanted to take my own life. I wasn't sure how I was going to do it."

Mantha's parents say there were no signs.

"I knew the questions to ask. I was not immune to bully or bullying, so every day I would ask probing questions as if I was giving an interview, but Mantha was leading a double life," said Andrea Giggetts, Mantha's mother.

At home, she was the perky happy girl she's always been, but at school, she was a different person. Mantha's parents got involved and started observing her at school and observing how others would treat her. The solution became an online academy school.

"It just started getting better and better and better," said Mantha.

Now Mantha is at another private school and loves drama, acting, and reading. The saying she lives by is "success is the best revenge."

"I finally feel like nobody is expecting me to be what they are. I can be myself," added Mantha.

First Coast News

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