Stop School Bullying Now, Stop Bullycide
October 7, 2010
DALLAS, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ —
Montana Lance born March 2, 2000 to Deborah and Jason Lance attended school at The Colony, Lewisville ISD. On January 21, 2010 Montana took his own life by hanging himself in the school nurse restroom. When the nurse tried to open the door she did not have a key. While school personnel ran WHO: around looking for a key, Montana died. Jon Carmichael, a 13 yr old, who was bullied and harassed at Joshua ISD committed suicide. Asher Brown, another 13 yr old bullied and harassed at Cy- Fair ISD committed suicide. The Montana Lance family will be hosting an "Anti-bullying Program" in honor of their son. Confirmed participants include - The University of North Texas Play Therapy, Teen Contact, The Bully Suicide Project, Families Against Bullying, WebSafety, the families of Jon Carmichael and Asher Brown and of course, The Montana Lance Foundation. Also in attendance will be Levi Lunsford, now 18, and Michael Jaeger, now 16, survivors of bullying who both have WHAT: lawsuits in federal court. WHERE: Hawaiian Falls Waterpark Parking Lot 4400 Paige Rd The Colony, Texas www.stopschoolbullyingnow.com WHEN: October 8(th) at 6:00pm CST Montana was routinely and mercilessly bullied and harassed by classmates. Montana and his parents told teachers, counselors, and administrators about the bullying on numerous occasions. Just a week before he committed suicide, his mother spoke with school officials about her concerns. The school did nothing. A few days before he committed suicide, Montana told a school counselor that he WHY: wanted to die. The Counselor did nothing. Montana's cry for help and his parents' constant pleas fell on deaf ears. We ask you to be part of a movement to assure that no other child, or their family suffers this horrific fate. It is the hope of the family and all participants that we use this moment to help teach others, and provide the parents of children who are being bullied with resources they may need to help combat this issue. We hope to bring greater awareness to the horrible effects of unchecked bullying, now called "Bullycide." We need to stop this epidemic.
Martin Cirkiel, the Attorney for these families, Education Advocates and other Counsel will be present at the Memorial to discuss all these issues.