Burlington Girls Head to School with NO Makeup


The hot topic lately in town has been bullying.

We’ve seen videos and we’ve all heard the stories and now a group of parents and students have come together to try and make a difference. They haven’t come up with a name for their group, but they met for the second time last night.

As people proposed ideas to solving the bullying issue, it was an emotional topic for some of the girls…

“I got made fun of. I got called names just because they didn’t like me. I’ve been called ugly so many times. I think I’m ugly because everyone says I’m ugly”

A mother, Andrea Horton, then asked the girl if she really believed that in her heart…

“To be honest, yea, I do. I’ve been called ugly so many times, I believe it.”

After last night’s meeting, instead of a walkout or a sit in, the girls are all going to school today without their makeup, their hair in ponytails, and their sweats on. They want to prove that beauty comes from within. One girl even went home last night, took off all her makeup, and posted a picture of herself with a caption that said “I am beautiful without makeup”.

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Savanna Evans
KBUR News Reporter

9 Comments on "Burlington Girls Head to School with NO Makeup"

  1. Penny Williams Smith | November 8, 2013 at 8:10 am |

    I know how they feel. I was called ugly a lot in school. I was even told I was so ugly that I should be put to death. And it wasn’t just the girls calling me ugly.

  2. Lindsey Ann Moler | November 8, 2013 at 8:26 am |

    I hardly ever worn make up to school and I rarely wear it now. Girls need to realize make up isn’t the key to being beautiful. You have to learn to love yourself before anyone else matters.

  3. Andrea Horton | November 8, 2013 at 9:42 am |

    We are

  4. Andrea Horton | November 8, 2013 at 9:43 am |

    We are challenging all of you beautiful women to show us your makeup less faces today! Change your Facebook or other social media pictures to the truly beautiful you!

  5. smh…..what ever happened to sitting down with your kids and helping talk them through tough times??? You think shielding them from bullies and people making fun of them is going to help them when they get out in the real world?? I get the sentiment behind this, but seriously, all we are accomplishing is creating criminals out of children and young adolescents who aren’t developed enough to make mature decisions. We were all bullied, we have all bullied, and every day there are more bullies born. Nobody has a right to not be made fun of or insulted, that is the foundation of liberty, that people can say or do whatever they want as long as they are not physically harming somebody. Kids aren’t killing themselves because they are being bullied, they are killing themselves because they are being bullied and then going home and having noone there for them or having parents that are more worried about attacking what they hate than defending what they love. Sit down and talk with your kids, be involved, tell them how you got through being bullied or an example of someone you know. Just don’t ever give them the false hope that they can live a life without ever having to deal with a bully or somebody that hurts their feelings. They need thick skin to survive in this world.

    • And yes, I was bullied a lot growing up and I have bullied others. Then this magic thing happened where I grew up and understood that kids are just mean because they have yet to mature and I’m even good friends with plenty of the people that messed with me when I was younger.

      • Andrea Horton | November 8, 2013 at 11:30 am |

        You were not at our meeting last night, this is only one aspect of our meeting last night. These kids admitted to both being bullies and be bullied. We are tackling this problem head on and teaching them how to handle being bullied. At the same time we are teaching how to change their thinking about themselves. Seeing as how you were not there, I recommend that you do not form an opinion of a article that only covers a small portion of what we covered. These kids are very brave, and are willing to put themselves out there to help others.

        • My response is referencing my thoughts on the bullying topic as a whole, not necessarily just this situation. But if you do not expect anybody who wasn’t there to form an opinion, then why publish an article about it? Like I said, I get the sentiment and think it’s a noble gesture but I’m just expressing my thoughts on the whole topic since this appears to be an opportunity to discuss the topic.

          • Andrea Horton | November 8, 2013 at 7:36 pm |

            I understand I just want people to think positively about this group, as we have only been going for a week! We are working on some pretty cool things for these young people to do to help not only heal themselves and learn from what has already happened, but to also teach others the harm they are causing others, and letting people know they are not alone.

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