Radio hosts Sarah Gandy and Toni Street broke down in tears on-air today as Gandy shared a heart breaking story from her own childhood.
Speaking about bullying, The Hits’ host revealed she was bullied when her mother died. She was just 10 years old at the time.
“I got bullied when my mum died. Kids are horrible,” explained the host.
“I actually went to school the day my mum died because I didn’t know what to do... But kids picked on me at school that day.”
“They were saying stuff like ‘haha your mum’s died’ and pointing and laughing.”
Gandy continued: “That is how kids operate because they pick up on something and they sense vulnerability and that absolutely happened to me.”
But Gandy was quick to praise her teachers who quickly took control of the situation, in particular Mrs Francis who took Gandy under her wing.
“The teachers actually were fantastic and eventually explained to the class what I was going through and managed to turn it around pretty quickly.
“That was the worst sort of bullying I could ever imagine because there was already enough going on in my little brain.”
Gandy became emotional as she shared her story, breaking down in tears, which in turn saw her friend and co-host start crying as well.
“That is horrendous… that’s next level… you’re making me cry Sarah.”
As Sam Wallace said: “For you, this is a 20-year-wound and this still triggers this type of emotion. This is not something that is left behind when you are a child. These are scars that don’t really heal.”
Finally, Gandy wrapped up the segment with some solid advice: “If you ever think twice about stepping in (to help someone), find a way to do it and do it because gosh it makes a difference.”
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