Group Rallies at the Capitol to Fight Bullying

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By: Mike Springer
April 13, 2013

Tallahassee, FL-On the steps of the old Florida Capitol is where one group hopes change can happen.

"It's not okay for you as students to sit by and let this happen." said Blythe Newsome, with the Big Bend Anti-Bully Task Force.

The students, teachers and politicians who rallied in front of the old Capitol Saturday are part of PeaceJam. The international event wants to put an end to bullying

Those who spoke at the rally say bullying made them feel alone and hopeless.

"People don't think short jokes are offensive, but they really did hurt me," said Amanda Gomer.

She was picked on in high school for her height and being Jewish.

"Stay strong. Be who you are because you can't let anyone change that. If you let someone change that, it's not the same. You can't be you," said Gomer.

State Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda is joining the fight. She plans to bring up stricter anti-bully legislation next year. The details of it are still being worked out.

"We need to reach out to the bullied and the bully to make sure this stuff is stopped," said Rep. Vasilinda.

One way the group is reaching out is through letters. Each letter outlines ways the group wants to stop bullying and tells how bullying has affected them.

The group will drop the letters off at the Governor's Office next week.