Stand For The Silent
Last evening I attended a Stand For the Silent presentation at our local high school. The presentation was by Mr Kirk Smalley and the topic was stopping bullying in our world.
Mr Smalley made a promise to his deceased 11 year old son that he would do just that ..and in a few short months the progress he and groups of students around the world are making is inspirational.
Please take a few minutes to visit the website www.StandForTheSilent.org
The problem of bullying has become an epidemic and Mr Smalley’s approach to solving this problem is to show students first-hand the life and death consequences of bullying and to call upon the students to be the solution : to take a pledge that they will no longer stand for their peers to suffer at the hands of a bully. Above all, the message to each and every student and adult is : YOU ARE SOMEBODY and You CAN make a change.
The history of his organization taken from their website:
Stand for the Silent was started in 2010 by a group students from the Oklahoma State University- Oklahoma City Upward Bound Chapter after they heard the story of Kirk and Laura Smalley’s son, Ty Field-Smalley. At eleven years-old, Ty took his own life after being suspended from school for retaliating against a bully that had been bullying him for over two years.
Stand for the Silent exists as a platform to allow Kirk and Laura to share their story and offer education and tools that will prevent their tragedy from happening to another child and family. Kirk and Laura’s mission is to continue to change kids’ lives and bring awareness to bullying and the real devastation it causes. Since May 2010, Kirk and Laura Smalley have traveled to hundreds of schools and spoken with more than 580,000 kids. In March 2011, Kirk and Laura met privately with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in The White House prior to attending the first ever White House conference on bullying.
Visit www.StandForTheSilent.org You CAN make a Difference!