Her name is Cherie Taylor and she was the mother of a 8 year old boy.
Her son Josh, got bullied to death and she decided that it is time that national anti-bullying laws should be implemented.
She has started a petition on the Change.org website, the petition is titled ‘My son was bullied to death. It’s time for national anti-bullying laws‘ and it currently has 49K supporters.
She explains how the boys started taunting her son
A group of boys started taunting him. For months we couldn’t get it to stop. He started stealing money for them on the promise they’d go away. We asked the school to step in – they just said he should go elsewhere.
Council did not work
As a last resort, I started lining up a job for him at the council to get away from it. But while everyone else was celebrating “anti-bullying week” last year my son was being horrifically bullied on the bus ride home.
The kids who pushed him to it have no consequences at all – they don’t even know that what they did was wrong. We have to show them that this isn’t ok.
Anti-bullying laws in Australia
Bullying is rampant in Australia. 300 young people took their own lives last year, many involving bullying. Yet there are no anti-bullying laws in Australia (except Victoria) – exactly what the National Centre Against Bullying said was needed last year.
Too many lives have been lost and impacted by these people. It’s ridiculous that in today’s society there are still no laws to deal with it – how will they ever learn that this behaviour is unacceptable without some form of punishment? How will we ever actually stop this bullying?
She ends her petition message with the request to the Australian and Queensland government to introduce laws against bullying
I’m asking the Australian and Queensland Governments to introduce laws against bullying.