14-year-old Carleigh O’Connell had something done to her that no girl would like! SHE rose above it and I wanted to share her story!  

At school, people started to tell Carleigh that someone spray painted, “Carleigh’s ass” on a cement barrier in her hometown of Wall, New Jersey, for everyone to see.

As to be expected, the teen was “upset” at first, but she wanted “to make something good out of it.”

In order to make an impact, Carleigh turned to social media to share her story. She wanted other people struggling with self-image issues to know they are not alone.

She posted a photo of herself posing next to the rock on her Instagram and had her mom share the photo on Facebook in hopes of it going viral.

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Her mom later posted ...

“[Carleigh] decided that she was going to be stronger than hurtful words on the concrete and that she was going to be proud of her figure. She also told me that she feels complete sympathy for the teenagers across the country who face this every day. “She understands and wants all of them to find strength inside to rise above the nastiness and be empowered by who you are, how you are made and what is in your heart."