In recognition of Anti-Bullying Week, 14-year-old Ryan Wiggins filmed, produced and starred in a short film Tomorrow that vividly depicts his personal struggles with bullying. At three minutes long, the powerful visual is directly inspired by the daily bullying Ryan suffers at the hands of his peers, who make fun of his Asperger's syndrome and torment him with heartless insults.
Filmed with a selfie stick for autism awareness organization Anna Kennedy Online, Ryan boldly lays bare his emotional reaction to the taunting as he struggles to come to grips with his life. At one point, Ryan's phone is flooded with notifications of hate-filled messages, which prompts him to wonder aloud, "Will there ever be a time when I'm finally happy?"
Unfortunately, that's a question that likely crosses the minds of the millions of teens who experience bullying on a regular basis, but we're confident that Ryan's bravery, strength and candor will resonate with and encourage others to remain hopeful and feel the support from those who work tirelessly put a stop to the cruelty.