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Reply Shaunda Stone
4:04 PM on May 5, 2015 
My son has been physically abused at school and called names. He was suspended for calling a boy a derogatory name and the boy got nothing. My son told the principle and he called my son a liar. My daughter is also being called names at this school. Brought it to the superintendants office and nothing is being done about these kids calling my kids names and my son being kicked and hit. My daughter is depressed and has no friends. My son is depressed and now has anger issues and sees a therapist. Not sure what to do know that the principle calls us liars and the superintendant wont do anything. Any advise will be appreciated.
Reply Christopher
5:04 PM on December 18, 2014 
I just became aware of Matt's story. My heart really aches for you. I have a really hard time with all the senseless things that happen in this world but I think people should be held accountable for their actions. I am a father of four children. Three are adults. We home schooled our children for various reasons but I think they would have had issues with this type of antagonism if they were in public school. I can't help but wonder if the pain ever really goes away when you lose your child but I hope things get better for you as time goes on.
Reply John
9:51 AM on January 21, 2014 
I attended your presentation this morning. I was deeply moved and thankful for your message. My son was bullied in first grade and I was shocked how this experience impacted him and still does. His school did not have a policy 8 years ago and when we addressed the issue with his principal back then, he blew it off like it was no big deal. Needless to say, it gives much hope that the laws and policies are making a big impact and probably saving lives. Thank you! Thank you! Keep up the great work!
Reply Heather Fisher
8:14 PM on January 20, 2014 
I was moved by your presentation you recently did at Unity Church. I am currently looking into what our school currently has in place to protect kids against bullying. As a parent this is just one of the fears I have as my child grows up. I am hoping they already have a great program and support group in place. If they don't I will be working with them to try and get you in our schools for a presentation. Thank you for sharing Matt's life and being the change!
Reply Broarceorathe
1:01 AM on December 8, 2013 
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Reply Keeley
1:31 AM on August 18, 2013 
Matt's artwork and writing is really beautiful; I feel inspired to get back into writing poetry. I think expressing ourselves creatively is a shield from the hatred and judgment in the world and I hope Matt's spirit can keep inspiring others.
Reply Ben Barry
3:12 PM on June 25, 2013 
I see you commented on the Des Moines Register Bullying in Sports story. Thank you for the comment. If interested in the powerpoint that I shared with the 43 coaches in attendance, I have copy/pasted a link to my counseling blog where I posted the powerpoint. I hope you enjoy it and thank you for the support!
http://carlislecounseling.blogspot.com/2013/06/bullying-in-sports
-national-high-school.html
Reply Hannah Bird
8:31 PM on May 2, 2013 
Hi, I am from Saline Middle School. I wanted to thank you for coming in. We have not had an assembly like this before, it truly inspired us all more than I could have ever imagined. We had people make multiple Twitter accounts where people say nice things about each other, uplifting Instagram pages, and my friends and I even started an Anti-Bully club. We are in the process of making shirts. You have really made a difference in our school and i appreciate it more than the world. When walking in our school now, you feel so much more confident. People are going out of their way, continuously, to help other students. I, along with the rest of my school, cannot put into words of how grateful we are for you. You really are making a difference, thank you so much!
Reply Christi O'Connor
4:10 AM on April 9, 2013 
Dear Kevin and Tammy,
What a beautiful and thoughtful young man you raised in Matt. It's clear in his poetry, drawings and paintings and are how much he loved his family. Rare to read about Grandpa in one poem and Grandma in another. "I am a good boy" made me cry, considering what happened to Matt. Thank you for doing what you're doing to honor your son. We look forward to telling his story and helping in any way with The Monster March. But, here, I just want to compliment you and share sincere complimentary thoughts on the man Matt was becoming and what you're doing. Christi O'Connor
Reply Jenny
2:21 PM on February 7, 2013 
I am also new to this page. I have no clue where to began. My daughter was bullied and still is being bullied. Nothing was done by law enforcement. They told me it was to be dealt with by the school. That was a joke. My daughter attempted to take her own life after being told by her school principal nothing was going to be done and not to come to him about it any more. After her attempt the school then started an investigation that ended with everything thrown under the rug and no one was held responsible at all. Our lives have been a mess. My daughter changed schools and then had to go back to that school because we could not afford to transport her so far from home. Still, this is happening to her. It has never stopped. Last night, we attended a meeting that was suppose to help put a stop to this bullying. It was a complete attempt of the others to put this back on my daughter. Retaliation! I will add that in our whole experience the law has not been on our side. I must say that I was told by the school that Matts Safe Law is a law that says the school must have a policy, but that our policy is not a Law. That makes no sense to me. Our schools policy allows for way too many loop holes. Though I believe that school officials corrupted this investigation, I also know that there needs to be a better policy and a more specific law. Matts Law is a good thing, but I believe that it needs to be upheld and that schools need to held responsible to make sure Matts Law is effective. I am thankful I still have my child. I am lucky! That doesn't mean that I am not in fear every single day. I cry every single day because I know the statistics and I know what she is going through. I am doing all I can. Attorneys are willing to take the case but I am broke. A single mom, no support and I am disabled. I feel helpless. I started a group of staff and parents to work with the school to make changes to the way these things are handled. I have to say that there are some that are really on board for change but the fact is that its not the ones that failed my daughter who are wanting change. I don't know what they want. I know it is for me to disappear so they can continue to sweep these things under the rug. I hope that Michigan will pass Cyber bullying Laws that will protect our kids. I believe in our freedom of speech, but also agree that if not controlled it can violate children's rights to live in peace. Children are committing suicide and families are being devastated. We need Matts Law to be enforced. We need attorneys and lawmakers to look into these caseswhen schools refuse to follow Matts Safe Law. Thanks for reading!