Oklahoma Father Takes Part In National Campaign Against Bullying

Thursday, March 10th 2011, 4:11 pm
By: News On 6


WASHINGTON -- One of Oklahoma's own is helping President Obama take on bullies. Kirk Smalley attended the first ever White House Conference on bullying prevention Thursday.

Smalley's 11-year old son Ty committed suicide last year after being bullied.

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Kirk Smalley joined other parents, students and teachers at the White House to discuss what they went through and what schools can do to prevent bullying.

"A month and seven days after my son took his own life, I made him a promise. It was Father's Day. And I promised Ty that I will stop bullying in our world. And to this day, I haven't broken the promise to that boy. And I don't intend to start now," he said.

As part of the conference, President Obama and the First Lady held a Facebook video chat Thursday about internet safety.