BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Stepping in the right direction to stop school bullying. One Pennsylvania man is walking hundreds of miles passing through Baltimore to stop the potentially deadly trend in its tracks.
WJZ caught up with him downtown and Andrea Fujii has the story.
This is mile 180 of 600, as George Ewing combats bullying with every step. He’s walking from Scranton, Pa. through Baltimore to North Carolina.
“We need to change and make it unacceptable for bullying behavior to be tolerated,” said Ewing.
Ewing was inspired by Brandon Bitner, 14, a Pennsylvania teen who killed himself by walking in front of a truck after he was bullied in school.
“He did that specifically and had planned to do that to get sensational news for anti-bullying,” said Ewing.
Sensational is what Ewing’s walk aims to be, bringing attention to the nationwide problem.
He cites five Scranton students who’ve all committed suicide in the last six months after being bullied at school. He calls it “bully-cide.”
“Whether it’s being pushed at school or the cyberbullying, and people aren’t supporting them to help it stop,” said Courtney Campbell, anti-bullying advocate.
“I want to be an inspiration to folks to take action,” said Ewing.
Thursday Ewing is in Washington, D.C., speaking with politicians about anti-bullying legislation.
His walk ends with a big rally at the International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro, N.C. May 31.
To learn more about the walk or how to help, click here.