PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. (WJZ)–Breaking the cycle of bullying. Governor Hogan kicks off a Six Flags anti-bullying campaign today.
Pat Warren reports, the anti-bullying will be the amusement park’s theme for the year.
Theirs was the warm up for the guest appearance of the Governor Hogan, who signed the wall that will encourage spring break visitors to join the anti-bullying movement.
Warren: “How important bullying in terms of getting the message out to kids not to do it?”
“I think it’s really important, it seems to be a growing problem. It’s really impacting our schools and kids at younger and younger ages. And as I mentioned earlier, it’s now online, cyber bullying. It makes it even more difficult and people can anonymously bully kids 24 hours a day 7 days a week,” said Governor Larry Hogan.
Maryland enacted Grace’s Law in the wake of the death of Grace McCommas, a 15-year-old who committed suicide as a result of cyber bullying.
In another case, a suicide threat motivated Nancy Cierra to campaign against bullying.
“The campaign started in the 2010-2011 school year when one of our very own Clippers attempted to commit suicide after being put on the Oxon Hill Smut page on Facebook,” said Nancy Cierra, One Less Bully Campaign. “We’re in this together, we all go through things and we have to stick together. We can’t belittle each other like that.”
Washington Redskins Quarterback Robert Griffin III told the kids he’s been through it himself. “It can be tough, but I’m here to tell you that no matter whether you’ve been bullied or you have been a bully you can change that,” he said.
It’s a message everyone’s hoping the kids will take back to school with them after spring break.
The stop bullying campaign at Six Flags runs through April 12th.