In 2010, Ty Smalley took his own life, he was only 11 years old. His dad, Kirk Smalley, has told his son’s story many times and will keep telling it to anyone who will listen. Ty was in sixth grade at the time of his death was the victim of harassment and was constantly bullied. When his parents complained to the school, they got no help.
Kirk made a promise to Ty to end bullying, and he and his wife travel 300 days a year to speak out about the dangers of bullying. Kirk has started to use his life savings to cover his travel expenses. He doesn’t charge anything to talk to kids at schools all across the country.His message is powerful, and through his organization Stand For The Silent, Kirk has reached 1,308,000 students in 1,210 schools and had no plans to stop. Share away, people.