A GCSE student from Liversedge has seen his music video go viral on video-sharing site YouTube.
Jack Burge, a 16-year-old from Hartshead Court, recorded a rap poem about the effects of bullying and has seen the video receive a whopping 17,000 views in just over three weeks.
Jack was as surprised as anybody when he saw that the popularity of his video had snowballed on the internet and become an overnight success – quite literally!
He said: “I went to bed one evening, and when I woke up, I had thousands of views on the video and it had been retweeted by all sorts of people. I was really proud of the response I got, and it seemed to strike a chord with a lot of people.”
The musician, who is also lead-singer for the band, The E.N.D, was inspired by a visit to his school, Dixon’s Academy in Bradford, from anti-bullying organisation Humanutopia, who ran a day-long course to teach pupils the effects of bullying.
He said: “It made me think about how the victims of bullying feel. It’s good to put yourself in someone else’s shoes.”
After being impressed with Jack’s work, the organisation used Jack’s song on its YouTube page, which has since had the massive response.
Despite his young age, Jack gave some sage-like words of wisdom for anyone suffering problems with bullying: “I think my advice would be to take comfort in your friends and family – talking to someone is the best way to sort out a problem.”
In the future, Jack said he would love nothing more than to see his band hit the big time.
“I would love to go far with my band,” said Jack. “We are already playing gigs, and I don’t think we sound like anything else that’s out there at the moment.”
l Check out Jack’s rap, ‘Educate Poem’, at www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUN4v5qre0I.