White House Honors Student Who Posted Anti-Bullying Video That Pleads ‘Stop Hurting Me’

Photo credit Jared Goldberg

By Kayla Jardine/Joe Cingrana

After 8th grader Kalani Goldberg's emotional video on bullying was seen by thousands, the Arizona student was given a special honor to celebrate her courage.

Kalani, along with her dad Jared who hosts a radio show at KMLE in Phoenix, went to Washington D.C. to attend Melania Trump’s launch of her new initiative "Be Best," which was created to help educate kids about the issues they’re facing.

Photo credit Jared Goldberg

The First Lady thanked Kalani for being brave enough to share her story and for using her experience to promote positive change.

"I do believe that children should be both seen and heard," said the First Lady, "and it is our responsibility as adults to educate and remind them that when they are using their voices, whether verbally or online, they must choose their words wisely and speak with respect and compassion. As an example, Kalani Goldberg, an 8th-grade student from Arizona posted a video to her social media account to share the challenges she faced from bullies.  In the video, she said, 'Every day, you are hurting me. Every day, you are hurting each other. So please stop. Stop hurting me.'"

She continued, "Kalani and her family have joined us here today, and I am happy to report that since posting her video, many have watched it and, most importantly, people have reached out to offer support and kindness. Thank you, Kalani, for being brave enough to share your story, and also for using your experience to bring positive change."

The inspiring 13-year-old also got to meet president Donald Trump and visit the Oval Office.

It looks like kalani really is being her best!