It was a pleasure to meet Ray Rice (American football running back for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League [NFL]) to thank him for his anti-bullying campaign.
Ray Rice continues his “Ray of Hope” campaign, speaking out against bullying and teaching kids compassion.
“They say sticks and stones will break your bones but words won’t hurt you,” Rice said. “But words, with the power of social media, are killing people.”
Howard County mom Christine McComas joined Rice. Her daughter Grace committed suicide after being bullied online and her death sparked anti-cyberbullying legislation in Maryland.
“She was happy from birth. Nice kid, good kid. But tonight we’re gonna talk about kindness because that’s really what has to change,” she said.
Grace’s story inspired Rice’s campaign. He hopes that by reaching out to parents and young people through different events, the pro-kindness, anti-bullying campaign will grow.
“It starts with a vision and what I need you to do is take our vision that we’re building of stopping bullying everywhere,” Rice said.
Are your students being bullied? This resource from the BRYC (Bridging Refugee Youth & Children’s Services) will help you and your students: