Boy Gets Bullied For His Love Of Reading. So Group Of Strangers On The Internet Change His Life
Aug 5th, 2022
Since modern technology was introduced, people started to become more detached to books and other reading materials. Teenagers and younger kids find it more enjoyable and fun to play with their mobile phones or tablets, rather than sit down and read a good book. But this 13-year-old boy is different.
Callum Manning loves to read books. Because of this, he set up an Instagram account so he can recommend some good reads to his friends. But also because of this, some kids his age found this funny and started to bully him in a group chat.
This young teen from South Shields started an Instagram page called, Cal’s Book Account. This way, he could talk with his friends about the books that he loves to read. He joined a chat group at his new school and people started to bully him by sending insulting messages. This left him ‘devastated.’
During his interview with the PA news agency, Callum said, “I don’t tend to cry that often but I think that was the first time in a while I’ve actually cried.”
But this heartbreaking moment did not last. Everything changed when his 24-year-old sister, Ellis Landreth, shared this incident on Twitter. She decided to post a snapshot of Callum’s Instagram account and wrote: “Can’t believe how awful kids are.
My little brother’s made an Instagram reviewing and talking about books and kids in his new school have seen it and have created a group chats calling him a creep slagging him off about it and added him to it so he could see. ”
She also told PA that she was hoping that with her effort, at least 20 of her friends would like a few of his posts or maybe follow him. She was also hoping that this is how Callum would find people who could give him some words of encouragement. Little did she know that Callum would receive more than that!
In just a couple of hours, cals_book_account gained thousands of new followers!
People who saw his sisters’ Tweet did not waste time and showed their support for Callum. He said, “People saw it and people just thought ‘it’s not right’ because it isn’t. Then I started getting loads of comments from everyone showing their support. I just think it’s really nice that there are still people in the world who are nice.”
A few days passed and his followers’ count was more than 50,000, and now, over 100,000!
Plenty of shops, authors, publishers, and even some strangers were offering to send him more books that he could read and review. Some of them were Caroline Kepnes, the author of “You.” When asked about Kepnes, Callum said, “She’s one of my favorite authors – she texted us, which was really cool. Obviously I’m a really big fan so I was kind of nervous but that was really cool.”
Callum is a wide-reader. He loves different kinds of books to read. That is why his followers were surprised when they saw on his Instagram account that he also likes reading Jane Austen, George Orwell, and even Mary Shelley. But just like other teenagers who share the same interest in reading as him, he also loved reading Harry Potter and Twilight novels.