Girl Puts a 'You're Beautiful' Post-It on Every Locker in Her High School

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you're beautifulPractice random acts of senseless kindness. You've heard the saying, right? Sounds lovely, but most of us don't bother to live by these words. Sixteen-year-old Ashley Munroe, however, is a rare exception. Usually, when one teen girl starts bashing herself for being "fat" or "ugly" or "stupid," her friends take it as a cue to put themselves down, too. "My thighs are huge." "Oh my god, look at MY thighs! They're enormous!" But not Munroe. It upset her so much to see the people she cared about constantly hating and picking themselves apart, she wanted to somehow make them see their true beauty ... but how? That's where the Post-It notes come in ... 1,986 of them, to be exact.

Munroe spent six hours writing the same thing on every single one of those sticky notes: "You're beautiful." Then she stuck one on every single locker in her high school. A random act of senseless kindness. 

Except the Dean didn't see it that way when he watched surveillance video of Munroe sticking the little papers everywhere. He thought the Post-It notes were some kind of prank and that Munroe was some kind of punk. He decided to suspend her for three days. Can you imagine?! Of all the things to get in trouble for ... it would have been different, maybe, if Munroe used permanent marker to write her messages, but how hard is it to peel a sticky note off of a locker? It's not like there was permanent damage or anything.

Naturally everybody else (besides the Dean) thought Munroe deserved to be praised, not punished, so they started circulating a petition around the school to lift her suspension. By the end of the day, the petition had over 600 signatures. Munroe didn't get suspended.

A couple of days later, however, she did get a surprise ... when a student approached her and said:

"That day, I was planning on killing myself. I had given up completely on society, but because of you, I didn't. You gave me hope. Thank you."

Wow. Just ... wow. If I were Munroe's mom, I would be so incredibly proud of her (and really ticked off at that Dean). And if I were that student's mom, I would be so incredibly grateful that someone else's kid decided to practice a random act of senseless kindness.

Would your teen do something like this?

 

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CPN322 CPN322

Wow, what a wonderful young lady. I was about to like this article until I read she almost got suspended. Did he not think to read the sticky notes?? Glad it all worked out and she accomplished what she wanted!

Sleep... SleepingBeautee

Isn't it amazing how powereful words are. It is a lesson to all of us to be kind with them.

2cent... 2centsCDN

That is beautiful.

kisse... kisses5050

last year I walked into the girls bathroom of our school... usually a pretty scary thing for an adult ...there on the mirrors in red  sharpie on a pink stickie were notes " You are a fabulous girl"  "You rock" You are beautiful" .... I found out it had been going on all year long...  as part of a "you go girl" thing the girls were doing as way of being positive for each other.... not started by an adult... but just by each other...

GlowW... GlowWorm889

We had someone do this when I was in college. An anonymous person (or persons) put a "You're beautiful" and "You're amazing" type messages in everyone's mailbox. It was really sweet. I think there should be more random acts of kindness like this! I also agree with CPN--didn't the principal think to read what was on the sticky note?! Weird. I'm glad she didn't get suspended.

tuffy... tuffymama

Good for her!

corri... corrinacs

That's fantastic!  I am glad that there are still some people who thnk of others :)

nonmember avatar Thea

Wow what a sweetheart:)

kidsn... kidsnme1982

I wish there more people around here where I live like Her I know there probably is but there are a lot of mean people in this world we shiuld love one another the way God commands

Carys... Caryss_mommy

I hope my daughter will be this compassionate when she gets older.

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