Youngsters from Madison County traveled to Kentucky’s capital Thursday to tell state lawmakers about the emotional and physical brutality of bullying. One of them was Madison Middle School student Raymond Marion. He is in the school’s gifted and talented program and spoke before the House Committee on State Government.
“When you are bullied, you think someone is gonna help or an adult is gonna see, but sometimes it doesn’t happen and I hope that you pass this law and that it will help bullies see what they’re doing and stop,” said Marion.
Raymond was referring to House Bill 40, which is an anti-bullying awareness measure sponsored by Richmond State Representative Rita Smart. It designates October as anti-bullying awareness month in Kentucky and establishes purple and yellow as the official colors of an educational campaign to call attention to the dangers of bullying in person and cyberspace. The House panel gave the bill its unanimous support.