Shay Mitchell Was Bullied So Bad She Hid in the Bathroom at Lunch
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Shay Mitchell

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.

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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.

"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."

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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."

Everything is better through a ring light

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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.

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"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." 

EMISON ---> on my YouTube channel tmw!!!

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Shay also likes to post uplifting messages on her social media accounts to encourage others to spread positivity.

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"You don't understand the ripple effect of saying something positive to somebody — that can change a day," she asserts.

But like my mama always said... if you have nothing nice to say don't say anything at all

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And the brunette beauty is already planning the topic of her next YouTube series.

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"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."