Spreading A Message Against Bullying

By Kelly McCarthy

December 7, 2012 Updated Dec 7, 2012 at 7:31 PM EDT

Gilbertsville, NY (WBNG Binghamton) An anti-bullying program comes to a high school in Otsego County.

It's designed to educate students on the serious dangers associated with bullying.

Kirk Smalley carries the memories of his son in a suitcase, so he can show students around the country the real dangers of bullying.

"A little over two years ago our 11 year old son "Ty" took his own life because of being bullied," said Kirk Smalley, creator of Stand For The Silent.

It's a not for profit organization run by Kirk Smalley of Oklahoma.

Just minutes into the presentation, the room was filled with tears.

He visits high schools around the country to share his personal story of how bullies affect families.

"Bullying is a learned behavior, kids have learned this, they're not born to hate," said Smalley.

A problem students at Gilbertsville-Mount Upton Central School can relate to.

"The day before someone ripped another person's homework in half so he couldn't turn it in, so he had to re-do it," said Liam Champion of Gilbertsville.

"It didn't feel good to know that there was someone in this school that doesn't like me and doesn't see past everything they see on the outside," said sophomore Victoria Kelly.

Smalley made a promise to his son that he will fight to end bullying.

Sharing ways to make a difference, especially with the older students.

"Seeing a senior, or someone older you look up to step up and take the initiative to stop bullying could really help," said senior Eddie Cotton.

"No one should be bullied, I hope they pick up on that that it's not something to do for fun, to hurt someone else, it's just not OK," said Kelly.

"Even little stuff hurts, it tears you down, you know slowly," said Champion.

"We try to teach these kids that they are somebody, and that they can make a difference in this world," said Smalley.

A lesson that needs to be repeated.

In students, teachers, and family members.

"I hope I can light a small spark here and that these kids will turn that into a big flame and keep it burning, brightly," said Smalley.

He's been to nearly 600 schools over the past two years, reaching out to more than 600,000 students.

To learn more about the Stand For The Silent movement and to take the pledge against bullying, click here.

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