SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah (ABC 4 News) - A boy in Saratoga Springs is taking a stand against bullying. Once a victim himself, Tyler Garcia has now come up with a way to get schools involved in the fight against it… and he’s only nine years old.
“He would like be mean like grab my wrists and slap my face I just didn't like the way he treated me,” said Tyler when describing his experience with bullying.
Tyler started making anti-bullying bracelets to remind himself and others how hurtful bullying can be.
“I wanted to have a reminder of the bracelets to stop bullying,” he said. “I think it’s a bad thing because you can get hurt, you can get your feelings hurt.”
Tyler’s mom tells ABC4 it was painful to learn her son was being bullied.
“When he came to me and told me, obviously it broke my heart because as a parent you want to protect your kids and you can't be with them at school all the time,” said Rachel Garcia.
Tyler and his mom tell ABC4 there are not a lot of school-based programs that educate kids on bullying. Tyler wants to change that. So he created "All Ty'd Up". He calls it a kid-run company that sells the bracelets for $6 and donates $1of the proceeds to anti-bullying programs in schools.
“When he gets an idea we don't doubt it because he will follow through and do what he says he’s going to do,” said Rachel.
Tyler's mom is proud of the way her son handled his bullying and how he now wants to help others. Tyler said he's just doing what needs to be done.
“It shouldn't be happening to kids,” he said.
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