VILLAGE OF OREGON (WKOW) — When her daughter was bullied last year, Pernille Ripp, an English teacher at Oregon Middle School, wanted to let her daughter know that bullies could never get the best of her.
So when the mother-daughter duo got their tickets to see singer Pink last Thursday at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, they reached out on Twitter for support and encouragement.
When Thea was viscously bullied last year – kicked, punched, shoved and repeatedly told how ugly she was and that no one would ever love her, we played @pink song F***ing Perfect over and over to drown out the bullies. Tonight she gets to see @pink in c… https://t.co/hO5ucUy6A8 pic.twitter.com/oBUIfWiMl9
— Pernille Ripp (@pernilleripp) May 2, 2019
Pink, whose song lyrics often push back against bullies, saw the tweet and reached out to Ripp, and her daughter, Thea, to meet back stage at the show.
Pink later retweeted a photo.
“I saw you, as a mom, on Twitter, bravely sharing your experience and that it brought you and your daughter to me,” Pink posted on Twitter. “There was only one thing to do. And that was to find you and tell you that I see you. Your daughter is incredible, and so are you.”
“So dear Pink, thank you. Not just for making the embers of what Thea is turn into a fire. Not just for giving us your time. Not just for being you and fighting for us all. But for telling Thea that what the bullies had tried to make her believe was simply not true. For allowing Thea to take a moment to tell you how she admires you. For telling Thea that she was beautiful.”
The tweets about the exchange have gone viral. Ripp’s letter to Pink has more than 5,600 likes on Twitter.