ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, according to the centers for disease control, and a recent study says at least half of those suicides are related to bullying. That is why a loves park teen is reaching out to victims to try to save lives.
A quick read of this book is all it took for Kallie Johnson to realize she wanted to be part of the solution when it comes to bullying. The character in the book was bullied.
"She just kept saying she didn't have anyone to talk to and she was hurt and she did try to talk to her school counselor but he wasn't understanding what she meant so that made me think, are there other kids that feel the same way who don't have anybody to talk to?,” said Johnson.
Johnson finished the book Saturday and three days later, created a support website for victims of bullying.
"There's a box where you can email me and you can talk to me if you just want someone to talk to or want to be a friend."
Kallie also has a list of hotline numbers posted on her website to help those who need it right away, because when you do a general search, many of the hotline numbers that come up, are not in service.
There's also a video on the site where other kids tell their stories and how they overcame bullying.
"Kids can go on my website and say well I know I can go to these websites and I know I can talk to her if I just need a friend."
Johnson has two other friends that help manage the site and respond to people. But, the goal is to expand. Johnson is contacting national media outlets to try to spread the word.