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Bullying Awareness Month
To Stop Bullying: A Parent's Story

Bullying Awareness Month: Theresa Jackson I’m the mother of a child who is disabled, who was the target of a severe bullying incident. The Anti-Defamation League was the only organization that provided care, support and advocacy for my child and myself.

In seventh grade, my son was going to his first middle school dance. He has a disability, and isn’t able to participate in a lot of events. While he was at the dance, he had the time of his life.

He was targeted by a few children who videotaped him on their cell phones, and took that videotape and posted it on the Internet, with horrific comments to follow, and left it online for several weeks before any adult found out it was there.

My son was mortified by the situation. He was incredibly hurt. He wasn’t able to sleep at night. He would cry. He wanted to kill himself at one point.

I contacted different organizations to see if they could provide some kind of insight or solution to this problem. I called many people without any success. I actually went so far as to call the town’s trustees, and they suggested the Anti-Defamation League.

So I contacted the Anti-Defamation League and spoke with ADL attorney Robert Trestan, who was very helpful. ADL helped my situation by providing support, caring, understanding. They encouraged me to advocate for anti-bullying legislation in Massachusetts; I worked with them to do that. And I thank them for all they’ve done for me.

Theresa Jackson, mother of cyberbullying target
In 2010, ADL’s National and Regional Offices secured the adoption of tough new anti-bullying laws in Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Georgia. These laws were inspired by ADL’s model anti-bullying statute and passed as a result of advocacy by professional staff and volunteers including Theresa Jackson, who became a leader in ADL’s coalition.

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