BEEBE, Ark.–Bullying is a topic many people do not want to talk about or admit is happening in their child’s school, but one group hopes to wash away that stigma.
Stand Up Arkansas hosted a car wash Sunday in hopes of raising money for the cause. The group was started four months ago by a woman who has seen both sides of bullying. Now after losing two of their own to suicide at Carlisle High School, she wants to bring more awareness to what’s going on and hopes not to lose another child.
“Whether it was bullying or not some speculate it’s mental illness, I said something has to be done now we can’t lose another kid, this community is going through something awful,” says Kim Helm, President of Stand up Arkansas.
Helm says within the next week, Stand Up Arkansas will host a series of events in the Carlisle Community. Talking with parents and teens about the effects of bullying.
All the money that was raised Sunday at the car wash goes toward those events. The plan is to host concerts, pep rallies, and other team building events to bring people together and connect those around them.