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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.

http://tinyurl.com/84s75d9


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