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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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Laurie Isenberg December 20, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Don't ever give up, Jaden! You are making a difference.
shar December 20, 2012 at 02:35 PM
As Jaden's grandmother I've always known what a caring little girl she is. She looks out for others. She has always had a way about her that makes you feel special. If you're having a bad day her shining personality can make you feel better. I wasn't surprised when she told me what she wanted to do to stop bullying at her school.. I know the affect that bullying has on children. They are tormented beyond belief and that takes away from their ability to function each day. It affects them emotionally and physically. Bullying is not just getting picked on occasionally. It goes far beyond that and we all need to open our eyes to that fact. If my 10 year old granddaughter notices how these kids feel then as adults we need to support all efforts to stop it in it's tracks. It isn't a lesson they need to learn or go through to prepare for adulthood. As adults you can deal with it or avoid it. These kids are facing it on a daily basis. On the bus or walking to and from school, the playground, classroom, cafeteria, etc.. Jaden has the right idea and I know that she and her friends are doing their part to make a difference. I hope this idea spreads enough that even the bullies want to join in on the campaign.
Kelly Latta December 20, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Go Jaden! What a Rockstar!!!
Donna Schneider December 20, 2012 at 04:45 PM
I'm so very proud of my granddaughter Jaden, she is following in her mothers footsteps....her mom Becky was in special Ed while in school, she didn't see it as a bad thing but did see how differently the other kids treated some of her classmates, so Becky took them under her wing and stood up for them, becky was one girl you didn't want getting up in your face. She would not let others bring her friends down and belittle them. I see Jaden doing the same thing! How wonderful to not be afraid to stand up for what's right in the world. And it starts with a 10 year old! You go girl! Love you so much!
Vicki Heckroth December 20, 2012 at 05:46 PM
I am so PROUD of this young lady.for standing up and letting her voice be heard. Bullying is NOT acceptable Behavior and many times the end result is suicide. My son, although he was not bullied at the time, was when he was younger and at the tender age of 17 took hiw own life. I also fight against bullying in the No Bully Iowa group and also against suicide in the GLASS suicide Prevention group, both of which are online. The difference being I am a 52 year old grandmother, this is just a 10 year old child. God Bless her and her family this Holiday Season.
Becky Williams December 20, 2012 at 07:28 PM
I am Becky, Jadens mom. I am so proud of Jaden. She has thought this whole thing up on her own, and is doing so much to help other kids. When I was in high school there was one young man who was treated very badly by others, to the point that he would snap and become angry and lash out......and he was the one who would end up in trouble. It bothered me so badly, and all these years later I found him on facebook and reconnected with him, he is happy and doing good in his life. I have such satisfaction knowing that he is okay, and I am so proud that my daughter is taking a stand and making a difference so those stories of torment dont have to be repeated.
Jason Alexander (Editor) December 20, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I love all these comments. There's been a flurry of sad, depressing and disturbing news lately and it was great to hear about this young lady trying to do something positive for her school. Keep up the good work JADEN!
Andy Williams December 20, 2012 at 10:10 PM
This is a complete reflection of who Jaden is. So proud of her.
Terri White December 20, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Congratulations to Jaden. It takes a strong person to stand up to a bully for themselves, it takes someone much stronger to stand up for others. I wish you many successes and that many others will follow your lead.
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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