Ryan Wiggins suffers through bullying every single day. The 14-year-old teen from Hertfordshire, Britain has Asperger's Syndrome, and kids at school often taunt him by calling him "nerdy" or "gay." Rather than dealing with the problem in silence, he's bravely speaking out in the form of a short film that he wrote, filmed, and starred in.
He shot "Tomorrow" in black and white using a selfie stick. The film follows Ryan through a typical day — waking up, washing his face, going to school, taking his medication, and so on — with voice-overs that describe the emotional toll bullying takes.
"Will there ever be a time when I'm finally happy?" he asks in the video.
The hardest scene to watch is when his phone lights up with mean comments from an anonymous number. "Kill yourself," one text dares him.
Ryan posted "Tomorrow" to the YouTube channel for Anna Kennedy Online, a British organization for autism awareness, last week. The video was in honor of Anti-Bullying Week and has since racked up more than 20,000 views.