An Indiana mom has launched a campaign pushing schools, parents and Indiana legislators to take a stronger stance against bullying. She started the campaign after witnessing the effects of bullying on her teen daughter, Chelsea Little.
The bullying was so severe, Angela tells the Indianapolis Star, that she took her daughter out of school and is moving her family to another school district. The harassment began with a rumor about Chelsea being promiscuous. From there, the torment spiraled out of control. Chelsea says she was called names, shoved into lockers, and bullied online for all her classmates to see. There were police reports, restraining orders, and multiple complaints to her middle school, but even after all these attempts to stop the malicious behavior, not much changed, Angela says. Consequently, she took her daughter out of school and Chelsea finished the year taking online courses. Her daughter will be going to a new school next year.
Because of her family's experience, Angela has recently become focused on other kids and parents who are going through a similar kind of nightmare. First, she attended a rally in May for Darnell "Dynasty" Young, a gay high school student who was expelled for bringing a stun gun to school to protect himself from bullies. Then she went to a screening of the documentary Bully, where Chelsea spoke about her experience. In the film, director Lee Hirsch takes an intimate look at how bullying impacts the lives of five kids and their families.
Fired up after seeing the film and attending the rally, Angela launched her own campaign. She's started a Change.org petition that fights for stronger bullying legislation in Indiana and is organizing a group of people from her community to walk in remembrance of kids who were victims of bullies and have taken their own lives.
Are there parents in your hometown who are fighting for stronger anti-bullying policies?