Bullying is a cultural epidemic that has been going on for ages, and it isn’t just something seen in the movies. Bullying affects people of all ages in a number of different ways and its effects on them can be long-lasting. Whether it be cyber bullying, physical, verbal, impulsive, pressure, and even corporate bullying, it can be hard for someone to stop and take action.
In schools across the country, one in five students is a victim of bullying. Kids who watch others be bullied and don’t step in often act this way because of fear. They may feel guilty and powerless for not doing anything about it. This is where Stand For The Silent comes into action.
Stand for the Silent is an organization that was started in 2010 by students at Oklahoma State University after they heard the story of Kirk and Laura Smalley’s son, Ty. At only eleven years of age, he had been bullied for two years. After getting suspended for retaliating against his bully, Ty took his own life. Kirk and Laura’s mission is to continue to change kids’ lives by bringing awareness from their story, as well as offering tools and education to help prevent another tragedy like this one from happening to a child and their family. Since 2010, they have reached over 1,308,000 kids in 1,210 schools across the country.
World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation is partnering up with Stand For The Silent for National Bullying Prevention Month, both supporting the release of the film Time for a Champion. Together, we believe that each and every single individual has a valuable contribution to make in the world and deserves to feel loved, included, and treated with respect. If you want to participate in this movement we encourage you to do so and Take The Pledge.