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End the Trend

Posted: 6/17/2013

My name is Alexis Water.

I am ten years old.

I was a victim of bullying.

I finally found the courage to stand up for myself and demand that the bully stop and that my school take action.

Fortunately for me the bullying did stop and my teachers were great at addressing the issue. But I realized others might not be as strong so I wanted to find a way to help them. With the encouragement of the city’s Law Director, Mr. Mike Minnear, and my mother, Laurie Howland, I asked the City of Milford, Ohio to become Upstanders and take a stand on bullying.

On May 21, 2013, I gave a presentation to the City Council. In my presentation I cited facts on bullying, reasons why it so harmful and ways everyone can help end the trend. Mr. Minnear then read the “Alexis Walter Anti-Bullying Resolution.” The City Council passed it unanimously. That night my presentation was featured on the evening news on channel WXIX-TV and in our local newspaper. They also interviewed my mom and I live on the air the next morning. My goal is to spread the word that we can End the Trend. To help with that goal, we turned to social media and created a Facebook page called “Become and Upstander and End the Trend.”

One million starts with one and if we can get one million people to become Upstanders then together we can end the trend.

By: Alexis

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