Watch: Bars and Melody Shed Light on Bullying With ‘Hopeful’

British singing/rapping duo Bars and Melody address bullying in their song ‘Hopeful.’

British singing/rapping duo Bars and Melody remade a popular song “Hope” by rapper Twista and singer Faith Evans, replacing the original verses with ones against bullying.

Thirteen-year-old rapper Leondre Devries told British newspaper The Sun that the lyrics of the song were inspired by his past, in which he was tormented by bullies for two years.

“I used to get jumped on by a group of boys who would wait for me, then trip me up and punch and kick me,” he said.

RELATED: 7 Ways You Can Address Bullying at Your School

Initially, the teen told his parents he got his bruises from sports, but later admitted to his family the truth about his wounds after suffering from depression.

“In the end I had to tell someone because I got really depressed,” he explained. “When I told my dad I just broke down in tears and cried and cried.”

If you appreciated this article and want to receive more valuable industry content like this, click here to sign up for our FREE digital newsletters!

Leading in Turbulent Times: Effective Campus Public Safety Leadership for the 21st Century

This new webcast will discuss how campus public safety leaders can effectively incorporate Clery Act, Title IX, customer service, “helicopter” parents, emergency notification, town-gown relationships, brand management, Greek Life, student recruitment, faculty, and more into their roles and develop the necessary skills to successfully lead their departments. Register today to attend this free webcast!

Get Our Newsletters
Campus Safety Conference promo