When Bella Thorne was approached about becoming a global ambassador for "Stomp Out Bullying," the leading national anti-bullying and cyberbullying program for kids and teens, the 14-year-old star of Disney Channel's hit series "Shake It Up" was thrilled to join forces with the organization.
"It's amazing that I'm able to be a global ambassador for "Stomp Out Bullying," the half-Cuban actress tells The Huffington Post, adding that she knows all too well what it's like to be bullied by peers. "I was bullied a lot when I was younger," she says. "So it's really close to my heart."
Bella, who says she was called hurtful names growing up due to her inability to read (she was dyslexic), says it's heartbreaking to meet kids who too were victims of bullying. "I've been to lots of schools and I've talked to [kids] about bullying and it's so sad every time I go there," Bella says. "There are always so many kids that talk about how they've been bullied so much in their school, and that breaks my heart," she explains.
"I know how much it sucks," she adds.
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