“Stomp the Bullying” is a concept that 25 year Guardian Angel and international martial arts expert Sean P. Kelley created to tackle the bullying epidemic our society is facing. Children commit suicide, or turn to violence committing such acts as school shooting sprees due to the on-going problem with bullying. If only these children had a place to go for guidance and to become educated through proper awareness, building of self-esteem and self-confidence, and learn what to do to be less of a target for bullying, and how to handle bullying situations. That’s where we come in.
We have created a 3 month Guardian Angels Anti-Bullying Leadership program at my studio as a community service for children in my community. It is a program for children ages 7 and up who take one class per week to learn how to be good citizens and how to rectify the bullying epidemic we have in our society by learning how not to be a bully, what bullying really entails, the warning signs of both a bully and someone being bullied, the risk factors, how not to be a target of a bully, common myths about bullying, statistics, the three T-Steps to verbal harassment, the rules of engagement in dealing with bullies and what they can do as citizens to “Stomp the Bullying.”
Bullying is a major epidemic in our society. All forms of bullying, such as verbal, non verbal or emotional, physical, and cyber-bullying happen every day in the United States and it causes serious lasting harm to victims leading to severe depression, violence and/ or suicide. According to statistics, 19,000 bullied children attempt to commit suicide over the course of one year; on a monthly average 282,000 students are physically attacked by a bully each month; and on a daily average 160,000 children miss school because they fear being bullied. In a recent survey it showed that over 100,000 children carried guns to school as a result of being bullied.
That all children will learn the appropriate lessons in life and will have healthy self- confidence and self-esteem, proper values, and a driven purpose motivated by a passion to become all they are capable of becoming. If this dream becomes a reality there would be no need for a child to bully another child.
To bring a realistic and active approach to dealing with bullying behavior appropriately by educating about all aspects of bullying through a martial arts standpoint, and to get celebrities, martial arts instructors, teachers, parents, and anybody else willing to join our team to take a stand and become active in stomping the bullying.
To get children and adults to understand the full effects of bullying and why “bully’s” bully; to teach children how to come together and stand up against bullies – strength in numbers; to instill confidence and emotional defenses to protect victims against verbal bullying; and to empower victims with self-defense techniques and principles to protect against physical bullying.
To conduct lectures, workshops, and seminars about bullying at schools, martial arts studios, or for any social groups such as girl scouts, boy scouts, youth groups, etc.; to get martial arts schools involved with the Guardian Angels and our concept of “Stomp the Bullying” and get the program implemented within those martial arts studios; and to petition congress to pass strict laws making bullying a criminal offense.