Mother Raises Awareness Of Bullying
POSTED: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 11:10am
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 10:30am
El Paso — An El Paso military family is trying to cope with the loss of their loved one. He was a high school freshman in Virginia when he committed suicide two years ago.
Lisa Williams, who is also an army wife, said her son Christian took his own life because of bullying.
Williams said she complained to school officials several times about her son being bullied but nothing was done. She said she even tried to file charges against one of the students, but was unsuccessful.
Her son, Christian committed suicide in May 2010.
After that, the family was "compassionately reassigned" to Fort Bliss.
Williams has a message for all parents.
"As parents it's our business to be in our kids' business but as administrators and teachers it's your business to make sure our kids are safe when they're in your hands," Williams said.
She now wants to raise awareness about bullying.
“This is a devastating effect that's happening around the us. It's never gonna stop until people become active," she said. “Let's pass some laws, let's get our kids safe and let's hold these kids accountable for their actions, especially when those actions take a life."
Five of her six children are now attending Canutillo ISD schools. Williams said her children are being bullied but the school district has not doing anything about it.
The spokesperson for Canutillo ISD said they were aware of an incident with one of Williams' children and they addressed the problem. He said there has not been any other incidents.
The spokesperson also said they have a nationally recognized program called "No Place for Hate" that targets bullying in their schools.