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A dad whose son took his own life as a result of bullying is spreading an anti bully message. He talked with President Obama, Oprah, and now he's brought his "standing for the silent" movement to Grand Island.
At Grand Island Central Catholic, students hear first hand how Kirk Smalley's son committed suicide after being bullied for two years.
"I think he had finally just had enough and all his life I tried to teach him to stand up for himself, and when he did he got suspended for it got into trouble for it," said Kirk Smalley.
A few hundred students attended the assembly, and seventy five percent admitted they had been victims of bullying while two admitted to being the bully.
"I think there is a problem with bullying and it's not always right out in the open," said Student Kathie Nguyen.
Kathie Nguyen says she has been a victim as well as been a bully herself.
"I know things I shouldn't have said but I did say I regretted them," said Nguyen.
But Nguyen says Smalley's message got to her. The message - letting people know how hurtful and damaging bullying can be to kids.
"I'll definitely be stopping bullying from now on," said Nguyen.
Smalley says that's his goal. He hopes to accomplish it by telling his son's story about bullying and even youth suicide.
"It's happening way too often in our world right now," said Smalley.