-- JENNIFER --
A MONONA GROVE SENIOR HITS NATIONAL AIRWAVES WITH
THE BULLYING HE'S ENDURED FOR MOST OF HIS LIFE.
DONOVAN KILLGALLON BLAMED HIS FACE FOR HIS TORMENT
OVER THE YEARS.
BUT IN THIS BUDDY PROJECT STORY.
DANNIKA LEWIS SHARES HIS COURAGE TO OPEN UP ABOUT
AND THE RESPONSE HE NEVER EXPECTED.
NATS - Donovan at Starbuck's
DONOVAN KILLGALLON, Told Bullying Story: 2245 People
would come in and as I'm making their drink, I almost
became their therapist, which kind of blew my mind
because this is a 30-year-old talking to a 16-year-old,
17-year-old making their drink.
56 But they knew my background, therefore, they told
FOR DONOVAN KILLGALLON...
THINGS THAT SEEM SO SMALL NOW...
DONOVAN KILLGALLON, Told Bullying Story: 2013 Why
don't you have a chin? Why don't you have a jaw?
WHEN *HE WAS SMALL.
THAT'S WHAT STUCK.
DONOVAN KILLGALLON, Told Bullying Story: 0834 It
just destroyed the four-year-old me and the six-year-old
It just, I don't know.
LONG BEFORE HE ROAMED THE HALLS OF MONONA GROVE HIGH
DONOVAN REMEMBERS DAYS AT DAYCARE THAT WERE ALMOST
DONOVAN KILLGALLON, Told Bullying Story: 0738 It
almost seemed like jumping from prison to prison after
MUCH OF THE TEASING WAS TARGETED AT DONOVAN'S CHIN.
HIS JAW LINE.
ALREADY A SOURCE OF PHYSICAL PAIN.
BROUGHT ON ANOTHER KIND OF HURT.
DONOVAN KILLGALLON, Told Bullying Story: 2018 I
still remember days that I would be in the corner
nearly in tears just because of the stupid people
things would say.
WHEN HE HIT FRESHMAN YEAR.
DONOVAN KILLGALLON, Told Bullying Story: 1127 it
kind of killed me at that time.
THE TEASING ABOUT HIS HOBBIES.
AND *STILL HIS CHIN ONLY GOT WORSE.
DONOVAN KILLGALLON, Told Bullying Story: 1621 One
guy just came up to me and just said, Donovan, why
don't you just go kill yourself tonight? It would
be better for everybody else.
27 That was.
that kind of hit me, yeah, that hit me hard.
DONOVAN COULDN'T BE THE QUIET KID IN THE CORNER ANYMORE.
DONOVAN KILLGALLON, Told Bullying Story: 3340 Life
is too short to just keep things bottled up.
DONOVAN KILLGALLON, Told Bullying Story: 2808 It's
more of a story to tell than a story to suppress,
DONOVAN HEARD ABOUT A NEW YORK-BASED CHARITY CALLED
LITTLE BABY FACE.
WHICH OFFERS PLASTIC SURGERY TO KIDS BEING BULLYING
FOR BIRTH DEFORMITIES.
AND WAS REJECTED.
DONOVAN'S JOURNEY FROM THE MIDWEST TO THE BIG APPLE
WAS DOCUMENTED BY DATELINE.
AND HIS STORY.
DONOVAN KILLGALLON, Told Bullying Story: 2500 Just
realizing that they're not alone, and 02 this guy
that's from small town Cottage Grove is making a national
JUAN BOTELLA, Donovan's Teacher: 5813 If somebody's
going to do it, it's going to be someone like Donovan.
JUAN BOTELLA IS PROUD OF HIS FORMER STUDENT...
BUT SAYS IT'LL TAKE MANY MORE THAN ONE.
TO CHANGE WHAT'S GOING ON.
JUAN BOTELLA, Donovan's Teacher: 0557 So we need
to stop saying, oh they're kids.
Of course they're kids.
But we need to say, what do we want our kids to be?
We want them to read and we're going to stop bullying,
and put the same effort into both of them.
That's how I see it.
NATS - Donovan at his locker
DOWN THE HALL...
READY FOR SOMEONE ELSE.
READY TO TELL THEIR STORY.
DONOVAN KILLGALLON, Told Bullying Story: 3636 Words
do hurt, but they need to, people need to stay strong
and know hope.
Do what they have to do to push on through, pretty
-- DANNIKA --
ONE THING THAT GOT DONOVAN THROUGH HIS ROCK BOTTOM.
CERTAIN LYRICS MADE SUCH AN IMPACT.
AND DONOVAN SAYS MUSIC DOES SAVE PEOPLE.
DONOVAN WILL GRADUATE A WEEK FROM TODAY.
AS FAR AS HIS LEGACY GOES...
SAYS WITH CLASSES COMING AND GOING.
IT'S HARD TO MAKE A MESSAGE LIKE DONOVAN'S LAST.
BUT HE WILL DEFINITELY TRY.
-- JENNIFER --