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Yankees show support for bullying victim, explain she’s not alone

When 10-year-old Cassidy Warner shared her struggle of being a victim of bullying at her school in Pennsylvania, she didn’t think there was anyone on her side.

“I feel so alone, I feel like I have no one,” the fourth-grader shared in a video posted to Facebook. “It hurts.”

Warner explained the torment she has been put through at the hands of four kids since the first grade. She explained the kids would kick, punch and spit on her, often telling her to take her own life.

“This is my story,” she wrote on a note card. “Stop bullying! Not just for me, but for other kids (too). Please share my story.”

In an effort to prove that Warner isn’t alone in her fight against bullying, members of the New York Yankees organization responded with a heartfelt video of their own on Wednesday.

“Dear Cassidy,” a note card held by Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia said. “My teammates and I wanted you to know that we care about you.”

“We may be older than you,” first baseman Greg Bird said. “We may be taller than you.”

Reliever Dellin Betances added: “But we want you to know that we look up to you.”

“You are not alone!” outfielder Aaron Judge said. “Count the New York Yankees among your friends!”

Ignored by other kids, Warner explained how she would often sit alone at lunch.

Yankees infielder Didi Gregorius offered Warner a seat next to the team, saying she can sit with them “anytime.”

“In fact, we are saving a seat for you at our lunch table in the clubhouse,” he added.

The Yankees’ video concludes with the remaining members of the team telling Warner they have her back, including a message from manager Aaron Boone: “See you soon!”

According to the New York Daily News, Warner’s video was viewed more than 22,000 times before she was forced to delete her Facebook due to age restrictions.

Her mother later re-posted it on her channel and it has since been viewed over 290,000 times.

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