Target: Jason Martin
Goal: Praise nine-year-old boy who bought and passed out 800 #LiveBullyFree bracelets to students, faculty, and staff at his school.
A fourth grader from Louisiana inspired his community when he passed out 800 anti-bullying bracelets to students, faculty, and staff that said #LiveBullyFree. After his class was given an assignment to write something about bullying, he decided to go a step further. Martin saved his money to purchase the wristbands, and once he ran out, he started a GoFundMe account to raise money for more bracelets.
This courageous boy wants his message to spread nationwide. Already, this child understands that, “Bullying is not okay because it can hurt people’s feelings and it makes you feel not good about yourself.” He was devastated to hear about the nine-year-old from West Virginia who committed suicide after alleged bullying from classmates. Martin asked to get in touch with that boy’s family, and he sent them a bracelet and prayers.
About one in four students are bullied each year, though less than 40 percent report the abuse. Nearly half of all instances of bulling are stopped when a student intervenes. Harassment at this age is harmful to a child’s brain development and can make it difficult for one to pay attention in class and learn.
Martin recognizes that “the teachers and stuff can fix it, but a student has never tried to fix it, so I wanted to try.” Martin sends the bracelets to those who request them and sells them online. All the proceeds will be donated to anti-bullying organizations. Praise this incredible boy for his continued efforts to prevent bullying at schools across the nation.
Dear Mr. Martin,
I am writing to thank you for your efforts to create a bully-free community for your fellow students. You inspire your peers and all who hear the story about your fantastic bracelets. Everyone knows that bullying is harmful, and your reminder to live a bully-free life will save many from being harassed. I commend you for taking the initiative to spread your message at schools everywhere.
Your story came to light after the unfortunate events that cost a West Virginia family their nine-year-old boy. Reaching out to that family the way you did was astounding and selfless. I cannot wait to see what more you do with your #LiveBullyFree campaign and look forward to your progress. In the meantime, thank you so much for your efforts.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: David Lofink