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10-Year-Old Starts Anti-Bullying Group at Fenton Elementary School

Fenton fifth-grader Jaden Williams placed posters around Tomek-Eastern Elementary School to try and stop people from bullying.

When 10-year-old Jaden Williams noticed some of her fellow Tomek-Eastern Elementary School classmates being bullied, she decided to do something about it.

Williams formed an anti-bullying group with seven of her friends and began placing posters around the school urging students to stop bullying. The posters have different messages such as "bullying is wrong" and "stand up and help others."

"It wasn't good to see people hurting," Williams said. "It feels awful to hear that all my friends have been bullied."

Williams started spreading her anti-bullying message before 17-year-old Linden student Josh Pacheco commited suicide last month and his parents blamed bullying and schools started to take a deeper look at the issue.

"I try to tell people to stop, that they are just hurting people," Williams said.

She said she also creates videos and posts them on YouTube to urge people to stop bullying. She is tackling the subject for her fifth-grade project as well, said her teacher Jennifer Snyder.

"I think she's pretty amazing. I think everyone has felt like an outsider at some time," Snyder said. "She's helped spread the message that people need to be friends with everyone despite their differences. It's nice to see her taking action."

Her family has been impressed with her actions as well.

"Jaden is the most caring, compassionate enthusiastic kid I know," said her aunt Miranda Bathurst. "I myself was bullied as a kid and would do anything to fade into the background. It really takes a special something to be willing to stand up amongst your peers especially in the middle school years."

Williams said she plans to continue to meet with her group and continue to come up with ways to help prevent bullying.

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movinon December 21, 2012 at 02:18 AM
I'm not related to Jaden at all and I think she's amazing!
Bev Fitzgerald December 22, 2012 at 03:10 PM
What a great thing to do. It takes a courageous person to not give in to peer pressure. No human being is better than any other human being and it is important to remember that.
shar December 25, 2012 at 07:39 AM
I am SO sorry for what happened with your son. If bullying played a role in him taking his own life this shows the importance in making not only kids but adults aware of what their behavior can lead to. My daughter went through an entire year of torment. We discussed how kids that bully might be unhappy themselves. She understood that as well as any child can but it didn't change the fact that they were relentless in bullying her. I was happy to see that you are participating in bringing these things to light. It needs to stop. Thank you for recognizing Jaden. God Bless and comfort you always.
Laurie Alexander December 25, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Great comment Bev!
Terra February 21, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Great job, Jaden!!! I am a friend of Joshua Pacheco and his family. I think it's wonderful that you have been making a difference long before this tragedy happened. Thank you for standing up for others, and for setting a wonderful example! Elementary school is exactly the place where these lessons should be learned, and always remembered! :) God Bless You! <3

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