Teen turns to YouTube after being teased for birth defect

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

POWELL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Samantha Bullock says she's just like any other teenager. She hates homework but loves to text her friends. Yet, she's found herself being bullied by her classmates, this school year.

"I've been through a lot just this school year," stated the 15-year-old Bullock, a sophomore at Powell County High School.

Samantha says this year was supposed to be the year she quit hiding her hands. Instead, she says she started to be bullied and teased for her birth defect. Samantha's fingers were cut off, while in her mother's womb, in a condition called Amniotic Band Syndrome.

"They laugh at me. They call me 'nubby,' 'nubbins,' and 'that girl with no fingers.' Each time I hear a name like that, it breaks me down."

Samantha said up until now, she was protective of her hands and would hide them in her sleeves or pockets, showing only her closest of friends.

This year, she branched out, "I was tired of hiding them and being so insecure, so I just decided to open up."

She opened up so much, that she went online to YouTube to share her story about her condition and even said through note cards that she's been teased as a result.

"I've had a couple of my bullies text me and ask me about the video and things, and I (say) it's because of you," retorted the teen.

At this time, the Powell County Schools cannot comment about Samantha's situation, but the teen says if something doesn't change soon, she may be forced to make a very tough decision.

"It's really hard to go through and if it continues I'm going to drop out," explained the sophomore.

"We talk about it nightly. It's not a choice I want to make, but if it will prevent her heartache and her pain then that's what I'm willing to do," added her mother, Darlena Wallace.

Samantha says since the video was posted, she's had some support shown her way. She even says some of the joking has stopped, but countered that others continue to tease and that's not enough for this teen who only wants to feel normal.

In fact, as she said this is all she's ever known and it hasn't stopped her from living life like a teenager, and that includes learning to play both the drums and guitar.

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