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Students in Sergeant Bluff "Stand for the Silent"

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"It's a pandemic. This is happening worldwide," said Smalley. "It's a pandemic. This is happening worldwide," said Smalley.
SERGEANT BLUFF, Iowa (KTIV) -

You can find bullying in almost any school. Students at Sergeant Bluff-Luton's high school say theirs is no exception, and it's easy to miss.

"Yeah, it happens in the hallways. But it's more like under the radar. It's not, like, blatant," said Sophomore Jacob Sandoz.

"It's not very obvious. A lot of it is the silent bullying or the few words. But, it's definitely noticeable," said Freshman Andrew Christensen.

Anti-bully advocate Kirk Smalley, from Perkins, Oklahoma, says it's not just noticeable, it's an epidemic.

"It is. It's a pandemic. This is happening worldwide," said Smalley.

Smalley knows that first hand. Relentless bullying was too much for his son, Ty, who killed himself in 2010

Since then, Smalley has partnered with anti-bullying group "Stand for the Silent." Together, they travel to schools across the nation, stopping at places like Sergeant Bluff.

Their goal? Tell Ty's story and keep kids from suffering a similar fate. Their efforts even got the attention of film makers, who featured them in the 2011 documentary "Bully."

"We've been to 650 schools now. Talked to a little over 670,000 kids around this world, trying to get them to help us make it stop," said Smalley

Smalley left an impression on SBL students.

"I am going to look out and back people up. If I see bullying, I am going to stop it," said Sophomore Collin Snyder.

There's always more work to do and Smalley says it has to be done. He's saving lives.

"I know we are. We get messages every single day, from kids by the hundreds that say 'I had a plan. I knew exactly how I was going to take my own life, until I heard you speak'," said Smalley.

If you want to know more, check out the "Stand for the Silent" webpage here.

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