Parents Hosting Anti-Bullying Rally, Just Shy Of Fundraising Goal 5/3/13
CBS 7 News
May 3, 2013
MIDLAND-With the onset of cyber bullying and the digital age, parents are finding it harder and harder to help their children deal with bullying in schools.
Four midland parents know first-hand what bullying can drive their kids to do and they're doing something about it, but they haven’t quite raised enough money for the event.
Kristine Kershaw had nowhere to turn after her teenage daughter was bullied in school and online. A Facebook post connected her with three other mothers in the same situation and now they're gearing up for a citywide rally against bullying.
"I had this great young kid and all of the sudden she wasn't interested in anything,” said Kershaw. “She completely changed because of bullying."
Kristine’s daughter was bullied--online and in school--it's just one reason why she's organizing an anti-bullying rally.
"If it changes things for one kid, then we’ve done our job,” Kershaw said.
The rally has now drawn hundreds of Facebook followers--many parents of children they say have been bullied.
"I've probably heard from moms in every school about this problem,” said Kershaw. “We have all experienced similar issues."
The rally will feature speakers and a showing of the movie “Bully”. With t-shirts and a few sponsors, it's coming together, but the mom's say they are still short a few thousand dollars for the venue--and security.
"We're really excited about the event, but we need as much help as we can get,” Kershaw said.
And they want to reach everyone-- parents and kids alike, not just victims.
"We want bullies there too because we want them to know they are not alone,” said Kershaw.
The event takes place at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 16th at Grande Stadium. The group is still seeking sponsors and you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or struggling with any mental health issue, please contact the local suicide hotline at (432) 570-3300 in Midland, (432) 333-3265 in Odessa and 1-877-475-7322 in Ft. Stockton and 1-800-542-4005 in Alpine. All of these numbers serve surrounding counties. There is also a national hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or 1-800-273-TALK.