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Event in Benson aims to put a stop to bullying

'You are not alone'
Posted at 10:20 PM, May 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-12 01:22:22-04

BENSON, Ariz. — Local agencies gathered at the Benson High School parking lot to help promote anti-bullying awareness on Saturday.

Organizer Charity Laduke put this event together to remind people, especially kids, that they're not alone.

Bullying can found in several different forms, including verbal, physical and through online platforms. According to stopbullying.gov, 28% of U.S. students from middle to high school said they were bullied.

"A lot of people don't know where to go," Laduke said. "A lot of people don't know who to talk to or think that they are alone unfortunately and it's sad still that to this day we still have the problem that we do with bullying."

Laduke said her kids are bullied, so having this event is personal.

"They know I love them, it's why I get up every morning," Laduke said. "I like to think that if they have questions, ya know, not just talking with their teachers, they can learn where to go to (from the event).">

Different agencies in Arizona showed different ways people can seek help if they were getting bullied. One of those groups, Guardians of Children Wild West Tucson, helps kids in child abuse situations. Their goal from today's event is to show kids that tough, bikers are there to support them.

"Bullying has become so prominent due to social media, so you know, the kids cant just go home and get away from it," said Hillbilly, the President of the Guardians of Children Wild West Tucson.

Hillbilly said he hopes to never have another person get bullied or feel alone, but for now he plans to continue the conversation against bullying.