12 petitions

Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Tony Baldwin

Please help reinstate Coach Pokorny as Head Wrestling Coach at Owen High School

Dear Buncombe County School Board Members and Faculty: We as parents were as saddened and surprised as you to learn of the events that took place at wrestling practice at Owen High WED 1-10-2018.  We are of the understanding that you are aware of all circumstances surrounding the altercation.  We also acknowledge you must hold employees to a higher standard than parents.  Likewise, we as parents hold you to a high standard; employing the most capable adults to teach and instruct our children.  We feel Lucas Pokorny is best suited to instruct and teach our children and request he be immediately reinstated as the High School Wrestling Coach and Special Education instructor at the middle school. The time he has invested in our children, the dedication he has displayed to their success and growth in not only a sport, but principles of life trumps any transgressions brought on by a misguided and disorderly parent. This parent can only dictate the future of our wrestling program if you allow him to.  We want to pose a question.  Had Coach Pokorny not diffused the situation physically, what else could have happened?  One can easily interpret his actions as protecting our children. There is a track record with this parent that may finally have been addressed. Our boys are getting better with every match, and we request that continue under the guidance of Lucas Pokorny.

Jackie Vale
901 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Tim Wirgau, Andrew Holt

Police Enforceable Anti-bullying Laws in Tennessee

My 13 year old son is mentally ill and is on the brink of suicide due to bullying in the schools. He was institutionalized in December of 2016 as a direct result of ongoing bullying on the school bus and in school. He was treated for suicidal idealization and psychosis. On April 12, 2017, his bully told him to go kill himself and the only thing that happened to the bully was ISS for 3 days. That day was a milestone for my son because that was the day he was released from intense therapy. On Friday, May 12, 2017 the bully started threatening my son and attempted to hit him in lunch. My son hit him and the both of them where placed in ISS, no questions asked by the principal. Monday, May 15, 2017, the principal pulled my son out of ISS and started threatening him with expulsion, mind you he had NEVER been in trouble in school before while this bully has instigated more fights in the entire school than any of the previous years and yet has remained allowed in the school. Now my son faces even more therapy because of this. I, as any mother I would hope, contacted the school board, the Sheriff, the school Resource Officer, the DA's office, the TBI, Juvenile Services, countless lawyers, and a State Representative to find out what I could do to help my child. They all told me the same thing, NOTHING! I was informed there was no standing law that allows for the police to step in and help these children or adults. I am sure there are many more out there in our state that are being bullied and someone has to stand up and put a stop to it. I don't just want to protect my son but also all school age children; as well as children and adults with mental illnesses. This has to stop and as a parent I implore you Mr. Wirgau to start a law to get this in the motion as this is in YOUR county, Benton County, as well as all over the state. "Bullying can have a lasting effect on a person's mental health: A new study finds that children who were bullied frequently when they were 8 years old were more likely to develop a psychiatric disorder that needed treatment as an adult, compared with kids who were not bullied."

Christine Young
369 supporters
This petition won 4 months ago

Petition to Virginia General Assembly, Governor Terry McAuliffe, Virginia State House, Virginia State Senate, Terry McAuliffe, Ralph Northam, Virginia Governor, Mamie Locke

"No Bully Zone" License Plate for Virginia Drivers

Parents Against Bullying VA wants to spread the "No Bully Zone" message across the Commonwealth of Virginia!  A specialty license plate would reinforce our message to drivers and people everywhere to be kind, compassionate and make Virginia a #NoBullyZone. You have seen the heartbreaking headlines about the effects of bullying. Suicides, depression, assault and murder mark the toll bullying is taking on our children. It hit home for me when my daughter was brutally attacked for miles on a school bus and teased so badly she no longer wanted to live. It became my mission as a parent to prevent this from happening to anyone else’s child when I created the non-profit organization Parents Against Bullying. In just four years, PAB has begun to reverse the bullying phenomena in Virginia. We have educated hundreds of kids about the perils of bullying, and encouraged them to embrace acceptance and individuality through events like our annual 1,000 Youth March, bi-weekly Girl Talk and Gent Talk, and the Stand Your Ground for Peace Youth Step Show.  We are also sought after by many southeastern Virginia school districts to train teachers, counselors and school staff on how to identify signs of bullying and take action to properly end it. Our efforts have been featured on CNN and Virginia television and newspaper outlets. Additionally, First Lady Michelle Obama recognized our efforts, thanking us for “finding ways to create a better tomorrow.” In order to continue our mission, we rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses for support. Without the assistance of community-minded individuals just like you, we would not be able to eradicate bullying. Creating a "No Bully Zone" license plate will allow us to spread the message everywhere you drive, and raise funds to support our efforts to end the bullying epidemic. We have been able to spark the tide of change, and your support will help us make our nation a #NoBullyZone.  Visit for more information. 

Shant'a Miller
1,487 supporters