Mother continues the fight against bullying

(WEAU) - "Payton was my everything,” said Melissa Richardson, Payton’s mother.

Bullying is everywhere, and can be a silent killer unless someone stands up against it.

"I really think we need a bigger movement than what I have going on right now, everyday I get emails, stories," said Melissa.

Melissa is selling t-shirts, window decals and magnets to fund scholarships for kids who take a stand against bullying.

She says the bracelets she's selling will benefit "SAVE,” the Suicide Awareness Voices of Education Organization.

"I'm throwing myself into this to give me something to get out of bed for everyday," said Melissa.

T-shirts have traveled as far as Florida so far, and local businesses such as Fat Boy's Pizza and Bloomer Floral and Gift are happy to support the cause.

"I think it just comes second nature to tease on each other and have fun and then somebody’s feelings get hurt and we have to let them know that it actually does hurt, it's painful," said Jay Thompson of Fat Boy’s Pizza.

"It's very important for what they stand for and the bullying that is going around in all the schools, it doesn't matter what school is," said Rita Lenfant of Bloomer Floral and Gift.

Melissa says she receives emails daily about the bullying going on at schools.

"It’s all over and I think parents and our school systems really need to open up our eyes and realize that we do have a problem that has to be dealt with," said Melissa.

Melissa is looking to start a nonprofit organization in Payton's honor. Anyone hoping to help can message her on Payton Anne Richardson’s Facebook Like page by clicking below.

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  • by Brenda Location: New Auburn on Mar 25, 2012 at 10:15 AM
    I have GrandChildren who are treated the same way and it hurts the families since when did one person become better than the other, money and name mean nothing, it is about time that it gets nipped in the bud everyone is different ways there is only one that is fit to judge any of us And he watches over everyone of us it says in the BIBLE that man will Destroy man, and is very true. why do people want to hurt one another, these innocent Kids need our help so don't just stand by and watch it happen again PAYTON was a beautiful girl who didn't ask for this to happen She was pushed to far and couldn't handle any more as are hundreds every day. So lets help stop this BULLYING AND HELP THESE CHILDREN PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A VERY CONCERENED GRANDMA......
  • by D. Location: Your Town on Mar 24, 2012 at 09:55 AM
    I, like many others have been on the receiving end. And likely did some myself. I was bulied in school... The teacher even joined the act... Addressing me by a name I loathed. THAT came to an end when I began addressing him "Bob" his nicname, not his sirname. ... Oh he was upset, ... I explained... Call me by my real name & I will call you Mr. Jxxxxxx. Rather bold for a 7Th grader, but it worked!
  • by veronica markham Location: eau claire on Mar 24, 2012 at 07:18 AM
    we r all behind you.all the way!
  • by Geo Location: Eau Claire on Mar 24, 2012 at 05:33 AM
    One good way to stop bullying in schools is for the TEACHERS stop looking the other way and start caring about the students, not about themselfs. With all the school shootings going on you would think by now that the SCHOOLS / TEACHERS would know what to look for.
  • by Amanda Location: Chetek on Mar 23, 2012 at 06:59 PM
    Behind you all the way Melissa!! Keep pushing through. You have already made an impact!
  • by Anon Location: Eau Claire on Mar 23, 2012 at 04:55 PM
    I feel very bad for her loss, but im concerned and confused on this scholarship stuff she is putting together. Seems like it would help very few children and benefit the wrong peoples pockets. What do kids say I took a stand for bullying, wheres my scholarship? Really?
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