, Muskogee, OK

September 28, 2012

Stand up to stop bullying

— The world is not always a pleasant place.

It is a lesson everyone must learn eventually.

We don’t have to cope with the cruelties alone.

That’s a lesson we must all teach and embrace.

Stand for the Silent is trying to spread the word to help each other.

The organization, founded in 2010, seeks to stop school bullying through engaging, factual and emotional means.

The organization was started by the parents of Ty Smalley.

Their 11-year-old son killed himself after being bullied at school

Ty’s father, Kirk Smalley, shared his son’s story in two emotional visits to Alice Robertson Junior High on Monday.

Smalley spoke to students Monday morning and members of the community Monday night.

“If you’d have told me 866 days ago that my son would kill himself after being bullied, we’d be rolling on the ground fighting,” Smalley said. “If someone had stood up for Ty 866 days ago, my Ty might be alive today.”

Teenage years can be especially emotional times.

Teens can be so much more susceptible to being bullied.

Most of us don’t gain the perspective necessary to ignore bullies or insensitive remarks until later in our lives.

There are far more good kids in the world than there are bullies.

Unfortunately, the bullies have not quite figured that out yet.

If enough children will stand up for their friends — or even people they don’t know very well — there would be far fewer bullies today.

Parents need to exhibit to their children a willingness to help someone less fortunate — to show their children that we are all responsible for each other.

If children can embrace the concept, more children would not feel so out of place.

And the world would be a better place.