Bullying Victims Unite at Alpine Park for Weekend Fun

By: Lauren Kravets
By: Lauren Kravets

MACHESNEY PARK (WIFR) -- Something positive has come out of an alleged bullying incident we told you about last month; dozens of bullying victims are uniting to support each other.

Eleven-year-old David Myers has been picked on several times at school.

He explains, "I got choked and I got kicked and then spit on."

David has also helped other bullying victims.

"(Students) were fighting and there was this one kid starting to get mean to another so I just stopped it," said Myers.

No matter who it is, Myers says bullying is hurtful.

"I feel sad and that they don't think I really belong in the world."

But Myers does belong and so do other victims, who are invited to Alpine Park this weekend to stand up to bullying. Carmen Divan created the event on Facebook after she says her son was attacked in the Harlem School District last month. David's mother says she's grateful.

"It makes me feel good inside that someone is stepping up and it makes me feel like I need to step up," said David's mother Barbara Perez.

It makes David feel like he's not alone.

"They had the same stress and pain as me and it really helps to see people like me," said David.

The Stand Up to Bullying Event Day will be held this Sunday at Alpine Park in Rockford. It kicks off at 1 p.m. with games, food and prizes.

So far more than 80 people have confirmed they're attending on Facebook. If you're interested, click on the attached link to get to the Facebook event page.

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