A nationwide anti-bullying tour made stops at two central Indiana high schools Thursday. Travis Brown spoke with students and staff at New Palestine and Carmel high schools. Brown’s message defines bullying, explains how to heal from being bullied and is also directed at bullies.
“But we know things like 160,000 students don’t go to school every single day because of bullying. So we already know that that right there is going to affect attendance, it‘s gonna affect grades, school involvement, it’s gonna impact all those things and I think we’re just seeing the beginning of some of those impacts,” he said.
Brown says he feels bullies are going through pain and his message to them is “healing comes from helping, not hurting.”
“When I leave a school, when I get my message inbox full on Facebook or email with students who say you changed my life. Students saying I feel like school is safe and now I wanna go. Students that go you know, after you did it people have come up to me and apologized for the way they’ve treated me.”
Brown’s message also deals with cyber-bullying, which he says is rampant.