Katelynne Cox: Bullied

Deborah Evans Price

Looking at Katelynne Cox’s face on the cover of her debut CD or in the pages of a magazine, you’d never guess she was the victim of bullying.

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“Broken, hated, trash, worthless, and a nobody—that’s how I really felt.” Then she adds, “I thought I was the only one going through it; but now looking back, there were so many people going through the same thing.”

Though people think only the quiet, socially-awkward kids get bullied, Katelynne is proof that anyone may be targeted for abuse. A cheerleader and winner of several beauty contests, she endured being pinned against the wall and sprayed with cologne, having her cheerleading uniform stolen before a big game, and being called names she didn’t even understand. People stalked her house and even threatened to kill her.

The bullying was so severe that Katelynne changed schools nine times. All of this took an emotional toll on her, and she took an overdose of pills. “I wanted the pain to go away. I wanted it all to go away,” Katelynne says. “I’m so thankful that God came into my life when he did because I had a lot of issues, not just with bullies but with myself. I believed what they were saying about me.”

devozine Katelynne Cox with fan Jazzy MorganAt one point, Katelynne dyed her hair black and tried to fit in with her tormentors. She felt so far away from the Lord: “I kept asking myself, Why would God put me through this if he really cared about me?

During the roughest times, Katelynne found comfort clinging to Kitty, a stuffed animal she’d had since she was six, and having long conversations with her mom, who was always loving and supportive. She also got involved at church and, with her pastor’s help, began to see herself through God’s eyes. “I remember when my pastor looked at me and told me that I was a great person and that he could see God in my heart,” she recalls. “He said, ‘I’m excited to see what God has in store for your life.’”


devozine Katelynne Cox in concert 005Now, Katelynne sees that God can use her story to minister to others who are being bullied; and she is using the platform God has given her to help make a difference. She recently filmed the documentary One, which deals with bullying and will be shown in schools. “One Girl,” the title track of her debut album, “talks about being one girl in a crowd, standing up and saying what you want to say and not trying to blend in with everyone else. It talks about being proud of who you are and being unique.” Katelynne also does some motivational speaking about the issue of bullying. She is eager to share her story with others, believing that one voice can make a difference.



devozine Katelynne Cox & best friend TaylorKatelynne says that one of the best ways to deal with bullying is to talk with people who can help you through it—your parents, your pastor, or your school principal. “I would advise you to do it quietly, not to make a big drama out of it because being known as a snitch is one more reason for people to pick on you. But if you have adults in your school system who are willing to take a stand, to put an end to bullying, and to listen to your side, that’s really important.”

If you are a victim of bullying, Katelynne encourages you to contact her at “If you have questions or need someone to talk to, I would love to talk to you. You are not alone, and you don’t need the approval of others to feel good about yourself. Pursue what you want to do, and you’ll find your good friends along the way.”


Deborah Evans Price , a freelance journalist who has interviewed everyone from Brad Paisley to Sandra Bullock to Third Day, quickly became a huge Katelynne Cox fan: “With her incredible talent, kind heart, and genuine compassion, Katelynne shows Jesus to the world.”

—from devozine (March/April 2012). Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved.

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