Friday, Dec 6, 2013
Carterville Students Start Anti-Bullying Campaign
WILLIAMSON COUNTY-- Local teens turn the death of a classmate into a movement to end bullying.
It's been a tough week for students and staff at Carterville High School. They lost sophomore Jordan Lewis to suicide October 17.
His death, Lewis's father believes, was a response to bullying. Students at the school say cyber emotional, and physical abuse does happen. They explained it's often in the hallways, away from teachers.
Now classmates are standing together, against the abuse.
"It's honestly terrible that we have to wait for something so tragic before we get on working together to stop it," Elizabeth Hensley said.
They've created a campaign: Stop Bullies Today.
"Everybody in the school is banding together to get it to stop," explained Christian Petersen.
Selling shirts with their motto, and Jordan's name on the back, to send a message.
"Bullying can go too far and they need to understand words can hurt," said Maddi Petersen.
The t-shirts are $10 with all proceeds going to Jordan's family.
Visit this website to purchase the shirts directly:
Orders should be received by November 25.
Search the group's Facebook page for more information on the movement: Stop Bullies Today.
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