Not perfect? Perfect! Westmont College freshman emphasizes self-esteem and anti-bullying messages in ‘Stand Beautiful’

Chloe Howard suddenly felt ashamed.

“At lunch one day in November 2014, I was at a new school,” the 18-year-old Westmont College freshman explained recently at the News-Press. “I was called over to another lunch table (outside), and these girls said, ‘Chloe, take off your shoe.’ And I said ‘no.’ I said ‘no’ several times.

“They said, ‘Fine, we’ll take off your shoe.’ I was restrained, and the two perpetrators ripped off my shoes and exposed my deformed foot to a group of their friends,” Miss Howard said. She was recalling the assault that took place in her freshman year at a high school in Los Gatos, near San Jose. more

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