Anti-Bullying Movement in the QCA - News and Weather For The Quad Cities -

Anti-Bullying Movement in the QCA

Posted: Updated:
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • FULL SHOW: Battle Up Brady

    FULL SHOW: Battle Up Brady

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:10 PM EDT2014-07-25 02:10:09 GMT
    If you missed the Battle Up Brady, check it out online right here!More >>
    If you missed the Battle Up Brady, check it out online right here!More >>
  • A Second Person Dies While On RAGBRAI

    A Second Person Dies While On RAGBRAI

    Thursday, July 24 2014 2:05 PM EDT2014-07-24 18:05:40 GMT
    There has been another death on the Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa or RAGBRAIMore >>
    There has been another death on the Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa or RAGBRAIMore >>
  • Bix Slip ‘N Slide Is Back!

    Bix Slip ‘N Slide Is Back!

    Thursday, July 24 2014 5:18 PM EDT2014-07-24 21:18:31 GMT
    The popular Bix-7 slip and slide was gone last year, but the homeowners say it will be back now that their son is back in great health.More >>
    The popular Bix-7 slip and slide was gone last year, but the homeowners say it will be back now that their son is back in great health.
    More >>
DAVENPORT, IA – An anti-bullying walk was held to remember 14-year-old Alice Schmitt, who committed suicide earlier this month. Her family and friends are hoping to grow the anti-bullying movement in the Quad Cities.

Rebecca Crane, Alice’s friend, says, “The group of people that bullied her kind of pushed her to a point where no one deserves to be pushed.”

Crane says the loss of her friend has changed her perspective on life. “It’s affected me emotionally and it made me realize whether you know the person or not, you can always help. You can always be a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on. You can always be there for someone.”

With the power of social media, experts say bullying has gotten worse over time. Anti-bully preventionist, Gabriella van Rij, says, “Today’s student deals with bullying on the playground, in the classroom, at home – it’s non-stop. It’s 24 hours. You have to think if you have three students ganging up on you, suddenly it’s 30, 300, 3000.”

Alice’s mother, Sherrie Schmitt, says it hurts her every day to know that her daughter took her own life. She wants to tell others, “There is hope. It’s a permanent solution for a temporary problem. All they have to do is reach out and talk to someone. Someone out there cares.”

Each day without her daughter is painful, but she gets up and moves forward knowing that she can change the future of someone else’s life.  Sherrie Schmitt says, “I’m here today to support these k ids, to make this movement go on, to prevent children as well as adults in their path of feeling alone.”

Sherrie Schmitt adds, “Not enough people tell us how wonderful and loved we are, so we need to be there for one another.”

Powered by WorldNow

805 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52803

Telephone: 563.383.7000
Fax: 563.383.7131
Email: news@kwqc.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Davenport, Inc. A Media General Company.