Shay Mitchell Was Bullied So Bad She Hid in the Bathroom at Lunch
Even a gorgeous actress like Shay Mitchell wasn't immune to bullying in high school — but the Pretty Little Liars star admits kids these days have it even worse.
In fact, though she used to hide in the bathroom from bullies, the 29-year-old says social media has given bullies an "inescapable outlet" for their abuse.
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"Instead of going to the cafeteria, I’d say, ‘Why deal with this?’ and I’d eat in a bathroom stall," she says. "At least when I left school for the day, it stopped."
The world has definitely changed since Shay was a student. "You have your phone on you, and the bullying continues," she continues. "I can’t imagine having all these inescapable outlets when I was that age."
However, the 29-year-old actress sees the importance of having an online presence and uses a range of sites — Snapchat, YouTube and Instagram — for different purposes.
"On Snapchat, I show what I'm doing for the day," she explains. "YouTube is the full experience, and Instagram is my highlight reel — don't think it doesn't take me 20 minutes to post there! That's my brand, and I take it very seriously."
Shay also likes to post uplifting messages on her social media accounts to encourage others to spread positivity.
"You don't understand the ripple effect of saying something positive to somebody — that can change a day," she asserts.
And the brunette beauty is already planning the topic of her next YouTube series.
"Next I'm doing a series on my workout lifestyle," she tells Self magazine. "I like to switch it up so I don't get bored. Sometimes I'll just go to the UCLA track and run up and down the bleachers."