8 petitions

Started 5 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
17 supporters
Started 9 months ago

Petition to Melania Trump, Ivanka Trump

Mothers for Safe Speech

Mothers (and Daughters) for Safe Speech Open Letter to Mrs. Trump and the Trump daughters: Inspired by the conciliatory tone of the Obamas during one of the more difficult transition periods in our political history, we as mothers and daughters would like to reach out for broader reconciliation for our children.  Mrs. Obama has been a model of what we should all be, with her continued strive to keep speech positive and uplifting – and no doubt encouraging Mrs. Trump to do the same as the new first family comes into the White House.  Never has there been a more important time to raise awareness about the harm hostile words can do.  And never has there been a more important time for mothers everywhere to be able to reassure their children that they are safe and loved.  Many mothers woke the morning after the election challenged about what to say to our children. While our kids may not look like the Trump family nor have enjoyed the privilege the Trump children have had, our children are Americans too.  They have hopes and dreams and aspirations just like the Trump children.  We know Michelle Obama has tirelessly worked during her time in the White House to help families realize the “American Dream” at a time when the simplicity of a nice home and a good education is increasingly challenged; a time where popular culture and the media seem to suggest that unless you are a millionaire (or a billionaire) you are not a success.  While striving to be the best you can be is inherent in our American culture, doing so at the cost of other people is very un-American.  We have always strived to lead the free world; we have always strived to lead by example. The model that we saw during the campaign for the Presidency was not only unfitting of a President, but in many cases dangerous to our children. Just because our skin may be different than that of the new first family, does not mean we are less American.  Just because our parents came from a different country (like Melania’s) doesn’t mean we don’t have just as much of a right to be here.  This country was founded by immigrants and is based on tolerance.  We would like to hear a conciliatory tone come from our new leaders.  Again, all of America’s children need to know they are safe and loved. Daughters should know they should never be called names – it is not right.  Muslim children should know they are allowed to practice their religion without fear - we all have the right to religious freedom.  Families whose mothers or fathers came from somewhere else, or have same sex parents– should know they too have a home here.   All Americans should be afford the same opportunities to pursue the same dreams that the Obama and Trump families have pursued  - dreams that led them all the way to White House.  No one should lash out or hurt a fellow American with cruel or harmful speech. We all deserve to be treated with kindness and respect.  As mothers together, we hope to be able to tell our children that they have nothing to fear, and that our new President will look out for their hopes and dreams as kindly as the Obamas have. We want our daughters and sons never to doubt that they are valuable and deserving of the same rights and opportunities as the Trump children or any other American child.  We ask for Mrs. Trump to provide the same inspiration to mothers everywhere as Mrs. Obama has – and to use her position as first lady to encourage an environment of respect and inclusiveness that has been a hallmark of what it means to be American. We as mothers need to join together, with Mrs. Obama and with our new first lady, Mrs. Trump and her family.  We all need to keep working hard for America’s children and to support Mrs. Trump in her anti-bullying campaign and advocate for safe speech. As Mrs. Obama aptly said it is “going to be so important now to be educated and focused”.  Let’s keep our hearts and minds open to one another and help our children realize the opportunities and freedoms that should be enjoyed by each and every American. Sincerely signed by mothers, daughters, and future mothers  - women of America who care:  

Natalie Carlson
10 supporters
Update posted 10 months ago

Petition to Roger Goodell


Today during the Raiders Vs. Broncos game we witnessed Aqib Talib grab and rip off Michael Crabtree's gold chain. Aqib was seen on the sidelines bragging to his teammates about his behavior and even displaying how he did it. Later in the locker room while being interviewed he said why he did it. His behavior was intentional and premeditated. It was also unprovoked. Aqib was quoted as saying, "He's just been wearing that chain all year, man, it's just been growing on me." "I said if he wears that chain in front of me, I'm going to snatch it off. So he wore it in front of me, so I had to snatch it off."What kind of example is this sending to all the young people who watch these football players and look up to them? What kind of message is the NFL as an organization sending to young people about bullying? As a parent and as a fan I am disappointed and disgusted by the lack of action on the field by the referees and now off the field by the NFL and coaches. If this type of behavior was to happen out in public the offender would have been arrested and charged, why wasn't he removed from the game or punished in some other way? I am respectfully requesting action to be taken by Mr. Goodell in the form of suspension next season and now in the form of monetary fines. There needs to be a heavy handed punishment so he and all the other bullies know that this isn't to go unpunished. Thank you

Selina Herrera
459 supporters