In May of 2013, 12-year old Mackey Linton made a video about the bullying she was experiencing at Blessed Sacrament Catholic School and it quickly went viral. Since that time, Linton has become an advocate for children who are being bullied.
October is anti-bullying month and on October 14th Linton and her mother hosted an event at the Thunderbolt American Legion to raise awareness of bullying in and outside of schools. Linton has also started a group called “SKAB” (School Kids Against Bullying) to raise awareness. In early October SKAB hosted a “run walk roll” against bullying event to raise awareness, as well as provide bully prevention tips.
Linton has met with Jack Kingston, Buddy Carter, and even received a key to the city of Thunderbolt for all her work. State Senator Buddy Carter signed an anti-bullying pledge, but Linton and her mother are hoping to change legislation on the issue.
In Georgia there are anti-bullying policies in place, including some that cover cyberbullying, as well as acts of bullying that happen on school property, within school vehicles, at designated school bus stops, or at school related functions or activities. About 71 percent of students nationwide admit that bullying is an ongoing issue in their life.
If you know someone who has been the victim of a bully, our attorneys believe that they should have an ally by their side that will fight for their rights. Many bullying victims suffer from psychological trauma including depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts.