A group in the Metro East is hoping to reduce bullying by growing their movement.
Diana Castleberry spent Thursday night spreading the word of the group Bursting Bubbles, an anti-bullying program she started after surviving her own torment.
“Because for the first time in my life I had burst a bubble and was able to live free,” Castleberry said.
According to CDC statistics, 20 percent of students between grades 9 and 12 experience bullying. Bursting Bubbles is getting into local schools to help educate and stop bullying.
One woman at the non-profit’s event Thursday said her daughter started changing about three years ago after she was sexually assaulted.
Laura Suria said her daughter Isabel was then bullied before she pulled her out of school.
“Just about every organ in her body was shutting down. She was so depressed and with so much anxiety and did not know why,” said Suria.
Isabel died five weeks ago, just days after she turned 18.
Thursday, Laura met James Pennington who said his twin boys were being bullied at a school in Flora. After News 4 reported on the bullying, Pennington said he received thousands of messages all over the country.
“They wanted something done. They wanted to reach out and communicate their stories too,” said Pennington.
Pennington said he has contacted state and national lawmakers, including President Trump, to see what can be done to curb bullying.
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