Young Star Wars fan strikes back at bullies
Many of her peers told her she shouldn't like the franchise because it's "for boys" and constantly teased her for not being "girly" enough.
Layla Murphy, 8, was having trouble making friends at her new school in Virginia because she wore Star Wars-themed clothes.
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Her mom Nicolette Molina says the bullying began to make Layla lose herself. But she eventually found support in her very own galaxy.
She had taken photos recently at a fan convention with "Star Wars" fan Jason Tuttle, a member of the charitable fan group the 501st Legion — he heard about Layla's troubles and called on other group members to inspire her to strike back.
And they came through. Layla received tons of letters and awesome memorabilia — even a custom-made Stormtrooper armor from the 501st Legion.
A Facebook post on the group's page explains, "This excited young #StarWars fan now proudly carries the trading cards of her 501st supporters in a Chewbacca backpack and can't wait for the next opportunity to troop in armor. Her favorite part of wearing the costume? She loves when people say, 'What a cute little boy!' only to discover that there's a girl under that helmet!"
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