MACY, Neb. (KTIV) –
Bullying knows no boundaries. That’s why one Nebraska Indian Tribe is taking a bold stance against bullying.
More than 900 marchers streamed through downtown Macy.
Lavery Sheridan may have just graduated Omaha Nation Public School in Macy, Nebraska this past year, but he can remember what happened to him in elementary school.
“I have been bullied. Last time was back in 5th grade,” said Lavery Sheridan, of Macy, NE.
Now several years later, Sheridan says those events has lingered long after the bullying has stopped.
“I still remember it and that’s why I took a part of this,” said Sheridan.
On Tuesday, he took part in the Omaha Nation’s March Against Bullying. He was one of the sign holders.
“With our native people, we were taught to respect each other,” said Jacinda Begay of Project Hope.
Organized by Project Hope, a tribal suicide prevention organization, more than 900 marchers took to the streets.
They marched from downtown Macy to an anti-bullying billboard.
“With these billboards, we just want to display that yes the Omaha Nation is going to be taking a stand against bullying,” said Begay.
Among the marchers, was former Super Bowl champion Edwin Mulitalo.
“Just because it’s been around and everybody’s kind of seen it throughout their life, doesn’t mean that it’s right,” said Edwin Mulitalo, former NFL guard.
As a guard, his job was to protect the quarterback.
Now he wants to spread the message of protecting kids. Mulitalo says that if they’re bullied, no one in the tribe should feel alone.
“There are people outside of the reservation that is with them, and standing with them, and pulling for them,” said Mulitalo.
And that bully prevention starts at home.
“Our children only emulate what we do so If we can set good examples as adults, our kids will follow,” said Mulitalo.
“Everybody is very important, that we want to respect everybody, and that life is sacred,” said Begay.
Stopping bullies so future generations don’t have deal what Sheridan went through.
“That’s what we hope to accomplish. Try to make these kids think it’s not cool to bully other kids,” said Sheridan.
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