Corunna family hosts rally to promote end to bullying
Sun, 16 Oct 2011 23:39:38 GMT —
Lisa Freeman has seen two of her sons bullied.
One of them tried to commit suicide three times.
Sunday, the family hosted an anti-bullying rally in Corunna, aimed at saving lives.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month.
Families in Corunna came for the horse back rides and even two-man races, but also for a more serious reason.
Nineteen-year-old Jeremiah Freeman and his family are here to warn others about the dangers of bullying.
He and his brother were both bullied at Corunna High School.
"It was in high school and eventually got to the point where some kid threatened to take my life," says Jeremiah.
Jeremiah says he tried to commit suicide three separate times after non-stop gay taunts started.
He eventually switched to home schooling.
His brother Robert Rosenberger was also bullied. He learned to keep it all inside.
Robert says, "I internalized it and ended up being a cutter and drinking and that type of self abuse."
Robert physically started cutting his own arms to deal with the pain of bullying.
Lisa says the whole ordeal of bullying tested the strength of the entire family.
"That's horrendous, that's like one of the worst nightmares you can ever face. You never want nightmares you can ever face, you never want anything to happen to your children," says Lisa.
The family now sponsors Abusebites.com, a website that aims at stopping bullying, violence and poverty.
Senator John Gleason of Flushing is in the process of trying to introduce anti-bullying legislation in Lansing, but it has been met by some opposition.