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Anti-Bullying Group Visits Midland High

Bullying is not a new worry for parents, but anti-bullying is getting some new advocates.

MIDLAND -- Bullying is not a new worry for parents, but anti-bullying is getting some new advocates.
 
The non profit, Stand for the silent, is spreading its anti-bullying message around the world.
 
Kirk Smalley used to have a son.  Then one day his wife found him on her and Kirk's bedroom floor, dead.
 
11 Year old Ty Smalley had shot himself.
 
"He killed himself because of being bullied in school for over two years.  We decided we had to make that stop," Smalley said.
 
That's when Kirk got involved with Stand for the Silent.
 
He has now shared his tragic story with more than 700,000 people.
 
It's hard for him to tell the story, but it's something he feels he has to do.
 
Standing behind Kirk during his presentation are the pictures of five children, including his own, Ty. 
 
Their families say all of them had taken their own lives because of bullies.
 
"Our main goal is to teach these kids that they are not alone, that this doesn't just happen to them, and that somebody out there is fighting for them, and that someone out there does care," Smalley said.
 
Kirk hopes that all the pain he endures telling his story is enough to make a difference, and sometimes that difference happens immediately.
 
"We've had the big stud high school football player stand up in the middle of our assembly, crying." Smalley said.  "He'd look over at a kid that he's picked on and say 'I'm sorry.  I didn't know that what I was doing could cause something like this and I won't do that anymore.'"
 
Change is what those at Stand for the Silent want most.
 
Their bracelets, which contain the phrase "I am somebody," serve as a symbol for their message; A message they say they'll continue to spread as long as they can.

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