SUFFOLK, Va. — As Morgan Robinson laughs and plays with her sisters at their Suffolk home, it’s hard to tell just how much the cheerful and feisty 11-year-old has overcome over the past few months.
“I feel great today,” Morgan said. “I’m excited.”
News 3 first met Morgan in October after a horrific experience that her mother, Shareka Robinson, said was heartbroken and hurt.
“I could see the signs of depression. She had nightmares,” Shareka said. “She never wanted to leave home. Morgan locks the world out.”
Morgan said she was bullied and attacked by a girl during class at King’s Fork Middle School in Suffolk. The fight was recorded and shared on social media.
“I hated being all over social media,” Morgan told News 3 reporter Antoinette DelBel in October 2021.
Suffolk Public Schools have never acknowledged the alleged attack. Shareka said the school did nothing to stop the student from hitting her daughter.
Pictures of the aftermath of the alleged attack show Morgan balding and bruising after she says the student, who didn’t know her, tossed her hair and stepped on her face.
“The first two months were a tough healing process for both of us,” Shareka said.
But with the support of her community, months of counseling, and trying new hobbies including martial arts, Morgan worked through the pain.
She is now at a new school and back on the roll of honor.
“As soon as I get to school, I am so overjoyed. I like going to school,” Morgan said.
The nonprofit Parents Against Bullying (PAB) also helped Morgan heal.
“We speak every day with nothing but encouragement, information, resources – whatever it takes to make Morgan better,” said Shant’a Miller White, CEO and Founder of PAB. “Get in touch and ask for help or resources. Never feel alone.”
Morgan is now speaking up and sharing her story to help other kids overcome bullying.
And she has now started her own clothing line, Charming Diva Co., as a means of coping.
“I like fashion,” Morgan said. “I like girly clothes, lipstick and glasses and clothes.”
Morgan is working on so many other things right now, including expanding her clothing line and turning her into a nonprofit where she can help other kids who may be struggling with low self-esteem or depression.
Morgan also has a fashion show June 5 at 3 p.m. at 204 E. Washington Street in Suffolk. Proceeds will benefit the establishment of her non-profit organization.