Zooey Deschanel tells of being spat upon by a high school bully

Ahead of Spirit Day, SFGate.com ran an interview with Zooey Deschanel, in which she described a bully humiliating her by spitting in her face between classes.

However, Deschanel is adamant her struggles with school bullies actually made her tougher later in life: “A lot of people I knew who didn’t struggle, who maybe came from a lot of money or were really pretty – those people actually have a harder time as adults in a way. They don’t even understand what it’s like not to be pretty. I’m not saying it’s good, I don’t think people should be mean to each other (but) I think it made me stronger.”

Go to SFGate.com to read Zooey's story.

Founded in 2010, Spirit Day is an international, united stand against bullying and show of support for LGBT teens and young adults everywhere. Participants can get into the spirit by:

  • Turning your Facebook, Twitter and other profile photos purple at www.glaad.org/spiritday and spreading the word by using hashtag #SpiritDay
  • Wearing purple on October 17 and encouraging classmates or coworkers to do the same
  • Uploading photos of you wearing purple to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr using hashtag #SpiritDay
  • Downloading the Spirit Day App
  • Educating your friends and family about bullying and the LGBT community
  • Getting your school, GSA, organization, etc. to become a Spirit Day partner

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