via ABC Dallas:
Nashville, Tenn. () – Sidewalk/Curb recording artist Morgan Frazier announces that her debut music video, “Hey Bully” world premiered on act.mtv.com. The video addresses tough, real world issues and does not shy away from the truth about bullying. Frazier, who was picked on herself, to the point where she was taken out of school and put in home school, co-wrote the impactful country tune with Sherrie Austin and Tiffany Goss.
“I am so glad that MTV is helping to bring this issue to the forefront, and I applaud act.mtv.com for encouraging folks to truly act on this and to join Stand For The Silent and myself. “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Kirk and Laura Smalley of Stand For The Silent everywhere from middle and high schools to major corporate headquarters to address bullying head on. The effects of bullying and the tragedies it can leave behind in today’s world must end. We made this video in an effort to get parents, kids and educators talking about the reality of this issue and to teach kids that suicide is not an option. One child lost is one too many,” says Frazier.
View the World Premiere of the video at: http://bit.ly/HEYBULLY
Frazier has partnered with Stand for the Silent (SFTS), whose mission it is to bring global awareness to the disturbing issue of bullying in today’s society. SFTS has been a part of Director Lee Hirsch's feature film, Bully, as well as The Bully Effect, a documentary on CNN’s AC360. SFTS was started after Kirk and Laura Smalley’s son Ty committed suicide in May of 2010 following a school suspension for defending himself against a bully. In their pledge to never stop the fight against school bullying, Kirk and Laura conduct Stand for the Silent presentations at middle and high schools all across the world.
According to Stand For The Silent, the statistics on bullying are alarming:
•Every 7 seconds a child is bullied in this world
•160,000 kids stay home from school every day due to fear of bullying
•25% of high school students in America will actually have a plan to take their own life before they graduate
“Hey Bully” is available now on iTunes: http://bit.ly/heybully
Kids and adults alike can take the SFTS pledge to stop bullying at: www.standforthesilent.org
via The Washington Post:
CONCORD, N.C. — When Ty Field-Smalley killed himself in 2010, his parents devoted themselves to educating others about the dangers of bullying.
It led Kirk and Laura Smalley to the anti-bullying organization Stand for the Silent.
It was an issue country music singer Morgan Frazier understood. She was bullied so badly for two years in elementary school that her mother pulled her out after fifth grade in favor of home schooling.
Frazier went on to record the song “Hey Bully” about her experience. The song and Stand for the Silent were featured on the hood of Kevin Swindell’s car in Friday’s night’s Nationwide Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
For Frazier, it was part of a weeklong effort with the Smalley’s of visiting schools to educate against bullying.
“I had warts on my face as a kid, and kids would call me “Warty” and it was a really terrible thing and my mom had to take me out because it got so bad,” Frazier said. “I felt in the last two or three years, every time I turned on the news, there would be a story about a young kid ending their life due to bullying. When I heard about Stand for the Silent, it was just something I really felt strongly I wanted to be a part of.”
Ty Field-Smalley killed himself when he was 11 after two years of bullying. The Smalley’s said he retaliated one day at his Oklahoma school, was suspended, and killed himself shortly after his mother brought him home to begin his punishment.
“His mother was in the office almost every day trying to make it stop,” Kirk Smalley said. “It’s happening way too often. We are losing babies to this every single day around the world.”
Stand for the Silent was brought to Swindell’s car through Frazier’s label, Sidewalk/Curb.
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