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Sabdhat N. is just one example of bravery in City Heights

Mark Tran

Did you hear that Youth Community Organizer Mark Tran is attending the launch of the Born This Way Foundation at Harvard? Lady Gaga wants to inspire bravery and empower youth with her foundation. Mark sees bravery happening all over City Heights. Here’s one story:

 

Sabdhat N. is a freshman at Crawford Educational Complex. She is of Indian descent, but lived in Pakistan before immigrating to the United States three years ago. She lives in the Chollas View neighborhood of City Heights and attended both Carver Elementary and Horace Mann Middle School, before beginning high school at Crawford.

Sabdhat’s moment of bravery came last year when she was in eighth grade at Horace Mann Middle School. She witnessed her friend being harassed and bullied by a group of girls, and told the group of girls that she was going to notify the principal. The girls threatened Sabdhat with physical violence and retaliation if she decided to “snitch” on them. While she was concerned for her safety, she could not stand idly by and watch the girls harass her friend. She told the principal. Because of her bravery, the principal took action and both her and her friend no longer had to suffer from any new verbal or physical harassment at school.

Sabdhat does not consider herself a brave person. She describes herself as normally quiet and shy. She usually avoids confrontations. Asked why she did what she did, she said “It was the right thing to do.” We need more brave people like Sabdhat to stand up for what is right in our community.

 

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