POSTED: Friday, March 8, 2013 - 10:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, March 8, 2013 - 10:04pm
Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — Glen Oaks middle school hosted an anti-bullying rally Friday. Louisiana native and NFL star Corey Webster was there to help lead the charge for what has become a growing problem in schools across the nation.
"We have woken up so many mornings where he didn't want to go to school because of what someone might say to him,” said Kiera Robins about her son Christian.
It’s estimated that 160,000 kids in grades K-12 miss school every day because of their fear of being bullied. Christian Robins knows the feeling all too well.
“It's all because of kids seeing a flaw of his and calling him out on his flaw or his uniqueness,” said his mother.
But unlike many other in his situation, Christian is standing up for himself. Friday he had the help of two-time Super Bowl Champion Corey Webster.
“Nothing positive comes from bullying. I want to have a positive impact on everybody's life that I touch,” Webster said. “Any university or organization that I was part of it wasn't about hazing or bullying. It was about team camaraderie, building up character and not about tearing it down.”
Right now Christian is in the process of building himself back up. The sixth grader at Kenilworth has created an organization called SUAB or Stand Up Against Bullying. Its goal is to help victims like him.
"My organization will give kids someone to talk to and someone to counsel them,” Robins said in front of many kids his age at Glen Oaks.
“We need everyone to do like him. If everyone would step up and get involved we'd have less of a problem,” said Webster.