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Anti-Bullying Initiatives

The loss of their son Matthew in the summer of 2002, forty days after a hazing incident, has charged Kevin and Tammy with making sure other children are safe from bullying, hazing and harassment in Michigan’s schools. Locally they have led the charge to establish a community based awareness program: Safe Schools/Safe Communites. They are currently working on state wide anti bullying legislation.  It will be named “Matt’s Safe School Law” in memory of their son. 

Since 2001 we have lost six children related to instances of school bullying. These are the ones we know of, many others suffer in silence everyday. We do this in memory of Tempest, Matt, Chrystal, Kristina, Austin and Alex. Help us save other children, contact your legislator today and ask for a Senate hearing and or passage of  "Matt's Safe School Law"

Learn more:

Tempest, Kristina, Chrystal, Austin and Alex

Help Pass "Matt's Safe School Law" Contact your Senator today!

Michigan's Model Anti-bullying Policy

The State Board of Education passed this model policy in Sept. 2006. Download a copy for your school.

Model Policy

MI Office of Drug Control Policy

The Education Section in the Office of Drug Control Policy administers the Title IV, Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (SDFSCA) funds, pursuant to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. These funds are awarded to schools and communities to provide evidence-based drug and violence prevention programs. The funds are split into two grant processes: SDFSCA School Formula Grants and Governor's Discretionary Grants (GDG).

Visit the main site for more information.

Click here to find the funding level of your district.

Matt's Parents 

Kevin and Tammy are members of Bully Police USA and are very active in speaking with civic groups and schools about their personal experience through their presentation, "Bullying and Harassment: The Ostrich Principle." They have recently contributed to a book, "Bullycide in America: Mom's speak out about the bullying suicide connection." to help raise awareness on this important issue.

The Eplings have been actively telling their story to numerous civic, educational and parent groups, and have been featured on CNN, The Mitch Albom Show and several other local and regional news outlets. Kevin and Tammy have established an art competition for middle school students to explore the arts and assist in building self esteem. 

If you have opportunity for a speaker, anti bullying consultant, workshop presentors 
or would like to get more information about fees and services – 
The Eplings can be reached through the  "Contact Us" form on this site. Or by emailing [email protected]

Bully Police USA  Genral Information and resources

Bullycide in America    BUY THE BOOK TODAY!

Speaking Points

  1. Exposing Bullying and Hazing in our schools
  2. Building better community relations
  3. Law Enforcement's role in solving bullying problems
  4. Raising awareness through personal loss
  5. Ending the "Ostrich Principle"
  6. The Bullying/Suicide connection
  7. Develop action plans for your school/department
  8. Generating new ideas within the school/community
  9. Question/ Re-evaluate your own policies and procedures
  10. Becoming an Agent of Change

Accomplishments/ Engagements

 

National Co-Director Bully Police USA 2008-Present

Co-Founder of East Lansing Safe Schools/ Safe Community initiative: designed to increase awareness of school bullying and harassment issues. 2003

 

2005 East Lansing “Crystal Award” Winner, for work on behalf of the Safe Schools/Safe Community initiatives

Creators of "Matt Epling CReative Art Competition" for East Lansing Middle School students. ( winner of the "Community Innovator Award" by teh Neighborhood Association of Michigan 2006

 

Contributor to Michigan Legislation known as “Matt’s Safe School Law” 2005 - Present

 

MI Legislative Liaison to www.bullypolice.org

Member, MI Safe Schools Initiative

Member, MI Safe Schools Coalition

Community Activist on school violence prevention issues

 

Speaking:

Area Schools, community groups, town hall forums

MI Medical Society Alliance, 2003

MI Death review Board. 2003

College of Human Ecology, MSU, 2003

East Lansing Middle School, East Lansing High School, 2003

Institute for Public Policy and Social Research: Bullying conference, 2004

MI Association of School Counselors, 2004

MI Safe Schools Lobby Day, 2006

West MI Balanced & Restorative Justice Conference,2006

MI Survivors of Suicide, 2006

MI Safe Schools Lobby Day, 2007

Law Enforcements Approach to Bullying/ Training session, 2007

Michigan Association of School Boards conference, 2007

Holt Middle school 2007

Texas "Child Safe" Conference, 2007

 MI Safe Schools Lobby Day 2008

Shiawassee County Children's Service Providers Conference, .2008

Michigan Suicide Prevention Conference, 2008

Warren Woods Middle School, 2008

Vestaburg MIddle School, 2008

Linden High School, 2008

Michigan Office of Drug Control Policy, Violence Prevention Conference, 2008

Lenawee County Community Forum 2009

Chippewa Valley Schools 2009

Immanuel Lutheran church, St. Clair MI 2009

Dakota Schools 2009

Clauge Middle School 2010

Ithaca Schools 2010

Crestview School District

Heritage Academy

National Victims of Violent Crime Conf.

 

Over 5,000 students, and close to 1,500 adults have heard the message.

 

Media:

CNN “Paula Zahn Now”, CNN Headline News, Comcast “Newsmaker”

WJR Radio, "Mitch Albom" Show, WILS Radio, WMMQ, Mike FM,

"Tim Barron in the morning", "Patrick Michael Shields" show,  "The Dan Mulhern show", WGVU radio AM Lansing with Walt Sorg, and other stations.

Local CBS, NBC, ABC television, AP press

Lansing State Journal, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News

Grand Rapids Press, regional radio and newspapers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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