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March 10th, 2011
08:10 AM ET

Father goes to White House to fight bullies in son's honor

The President and the First Lady are taking on bullies at the White House Anti-Bullying Summit Thursday. The summit will bring experts, Administration officials and the First Family together to address bullying in schools.

Bullying affects approximately one-third of all school-aged children each year and Kirk Smalley knows this first-hand; his 11 year-old son Ty was a victim of bullying and committed suicide in May, 2010. Since his son's death, Smalley has been speaking to students across the country, sharing his son's tragic story in hopes of bringing an end to bullying.

Kirk Smalley will be at the White House Anti-Bullying Summit Thursday and will be meeting with the President and First Lady. Smalley talks to T.J. Holmes about his son's story and his mission.

Filed under: Bullying • Politics • U.S.
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  1. Greenspam

    Republicans today attacked President Obama for anti-bully summit. They said that any attack on bullies is an attack on Republicans!

    March 10, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  2. J. Kinney

    My heart goes out to Kirk and his wife. After finding out from my son that he was attacked in the bathroom and given a "swirley" in a dirty toilet, came down with a severe infection, and then abused by his 5th grade teacher during the PSSA tests on April Fool's Day, I kept working the halls of the Capital in Harrisburg, PA to get the stalled antibulleying bill restarted. To this day, the teacher still teaches there and I, as the parent am banned from school property even though I have three children in the Chambersburg School District and an ex-wife who teaches in the district and chooses to protect the district instead of our children. Unfortunately, antibulleying legislation doesn't protect the children from those teachers who abuse the children and get away with it.

    March 10, 2011 at 12:57 pm |