Stand for the Silent (SFTS)
Stand for the Silent was started in 2010 by a group of high school students in Oklahoma City, OK, after they heard the story of Kirk and Laura Smalley’s son, Ty Field- Smalley. At eleven years-old, Ty took his own life after being suspended from school for retaliating against a bully that had been bullying him for over two years. Stand for the Silent exists as a platform to allow Kirk and Laura to share their story, and offer education and tools that will prevent their tragedy from happening to another child and family. Kirk and Laura’s mission is to continue to change kids’ lives and bring awareness to bullying and the real devastation it causes.
Since May 2010, Kirk and Laura Smalley have traveled to over 1,000 schools and spoken with over 1,000,000 kids! In March 2010, Kirk and Laura met privately with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in The White House prior to attending the first ever White House conference on bullying. Visit the National SFTS Site Here
The New Orleans Program
We are excited to have a chapter of Stand For The Silent in New Orleans. We will no longer allow individuals to suffer at the hands of a bully. STFS New Orleans will host events revolving around bully prevention. At the end of each event, pledge cards will be given to those who agree to stand for the silent. The pledge speaks of respect and love…hope and aspiration. Above all, it illustrates the main lesson taught through the program: I AM SOMEBODY.
This program is designed to be an adjunct to each individual school’s policy and procedure on the management of bullying behavior. The program primarily operates from a preventative approach as well as utilizing a restorative practice framework to build healthy relationships and school connections. The aim of the program is to reduce the tendency to be a bully as well as reducing the tendency to be bullied, by increasing all students role as proactive bystanders.