'Buy a Song, Save a Life, Anti-Bullying Campaign' Off And Running
BUFFALY, NY - 3/5/2016 (PRESS RELEASE JET) -- Stand For The Silent, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing awareness to bullying and the real devastation it causes and J Knight, an Alternative Pop Punk recording artist have teamed up to fight bullying. Half the proceeds from the sale of J’s anti-bullying song “Kill Me Now” and related t-shirts will be donated to Stand For The Silent so they can continue to do the important work they do.
Stand For The Silent has a list of 55,000 children that have taken their lives due to bullying over the last seven years. That works out to 8,000 per year, 22 per day or one child per hour that takes their life because of a bully. One of these children was Ty Smalley, the son of the organization’s founders, Kirk and Laura Smalley. Ty took his life when he was sent home from school after standing up to a bully that had been tormenting him for two years. In order to make sure that no other family has to go through what they did, Kirk and Laura travel from school to school speaking with students, faculty and parents about the grueling realities of bullying. So far they have visited over 1,000 schools and spoken to over 1 million children.
“We hope by speaking to the kids and schools that we can raise awareness to the very real devastation that bullying can and does cause, and get the young people engaged in helping us stop it,” said Kirk Smalley.
He continues, “By the time we are done with our presentation many of the kids are in tears and come pouring out of the seats just wanting to hug and connect, maybe tell us their story, etc... we actually receive thousands of messages from the kids we speak to via social media and email that we have actually saved their life. many tell us they had a plan on how they would take their own life until they heard us speak, and now they are not going to do that and want to help us make it stop.”
J Knight who was bullied himself as a child knew that he had to do something to help after hearing the Smalley’s story and about their efforts to help children suffering from bullying.
“I personally know all too well the effects that bullying can have on a child. I went through it and I want to do whatever I can to help kids who are suffering through it right now and to help prevent future cases of bullying from ever happening.” In order to help J Knight thought his best chance to make a difference was to write a song. “I know that as a child I used music to escape my problems and I thought that writing an anti-bullying song and making a video for it was my best chance to reach these kids that are suffering and let them know that they are not alone and that there is help out there for them.”
The Smalley’s saw the potential power that music could have in aiding their fight against bullying as well.
“J. knight reached out to us with his song and we could tell it was a very powerful work. Young people are very connected to music and we hope with J. knight's help we can get our message out that bullying must end!” Kirk and Laura believe that if they can help just one child or family from suffering the same pain they have then they have done their job. “Laura and I hope that by doing what we do we save even one baby....one family from living the nightmare we live every second of every day without our son. If we can keep one child from taking their own life due to bullying it is worth all we have to do or give. And by helping even one young person, it keeps our son's spirit and voice alive.”
In order to help Stand For The Silent and the Smalley’s continue their great work, J Knight has pledged to donate half the proceeds from the sale of his anti-bullying song “Kill Me Now” and related t-shirts to their organization. They are asking the public to get behind their cause and help them put an end to bullying for good.
You can help by purchasing the song at these fine retailers below as well as by watching and sharing the music video
Learn more about Stand For The Silent
About The Organizations: Founded in 2010, Stand for the Silent has fast become one of the leading and most effective anti-bullying organizations. Our mission is simple: bring awareness to bullying and the real devastation it causes. J Knight is an Alternative Pop Punk recording artist from Buffalo, NY who has written songs on a variety of social issues including bullying and equal rights.
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