Editor's Note: This is the second of two parts on the Stand for the Silent program.
Kirk Smalley is on a mission to end bullying — and he's making progress both near and far.
Founded in 2010, the anti-bullying organization Stand for the Silent and Smalley have visited more than 1,200 schools and talked with more than 1 million students in and effort to end bullying.
"Bullying happens everywhere — in the workplace, in sports, in politics, so of course it'll be present in schools," Smalley said.
He visited several schools in Sutter County last year, and he'll be visiting another 16 in Yuba County over the next two months working to eliminate bullying in schools.
On its website, Stand for the Silent states more than 55,000 children have taken their lives in the last seven years due to being bullied — 8,000 per year, 22 per day.
Smalley is no stranger to the pain bullying inflicts on families.
Kirk and Laura Smalley's son, Ty Field-Smalley, took his life at age 11 after being suspended from school for retaliating against a bully.
"We have to make it stop," Smalley said. "I was recently speaking at a small town in Minnesota, and they lost two kids to suicide from bullying."
He said one of the biggest successes the program has had is connecting with the bystanders who witness bullying and getting them to speak up for the victim.
"We try to reach out to them by standards we need them to lay the phone down, stop filming and tell the bully to leave them alone," Smalley said. "Ninety-eight percent of the time, if a bystander steps in, the bullying stops."
Smalley holds a presentation at schools and also shows a film. Many people who attend are overwhelmed with emotions after it's over.
"By the time the presentation is over, kids are crying and hugging each other — it's touching, and I know it's really making a difference," Smalley said. "We tell people, 'If you see something, say something.'"
As part of the presentation, Smalley invites people to create a own local chapter of Stand for the Silent.
"We want people to get involved," Smalley said. "We are not born to hate — it's a learned behavior. We tend to learn from people all around us."
Stand for the Silent info:
Stand for the Silent Yuba-Sutter chapter info:
Stand for the Silent Yuba County schuedule:
9 a.m. Jan. 30: Ella Elementary School
1 p.m. Jan. 30: McKenney Intermediate School
9 a.m. Jan. 3: 1 Linda Elementary School
1 p.m. Jan. 31: Cedar Lane Elementary School
9 a.m. Feb. 1: Kynoch Elementary School
1 p.m. Feb. 1: Olivehurst Elementary School
9 a.m. Feb. 2: Cordua Elementary School
1 p.m. Feb. 2: Community Day School
9 a.m. Feb. 3: Arboga Elementary School
1 p.m. Feb. 3: Edgewater Elementary School
9 a.m. Feb. 6: Foothill Intermediate School
1 p.m. Feb. 6: Yuba Feather Elementary School
9 a.m. Feb. 7: Johnson Park Elementary School
1 p.m. Feb. 7: Yuba Gardens Elementary School
9 a.m. Feb. 8: Browns Valley Elementary School
1 p.m. Feb. 8: Covillaud Elementary School
CONTACT Chris Kaufman at 749-4794.