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Family Teams Up to Fight Bullying

12-year-old Tarrick Walker was bullied by another kid's racist remark, and he and his family decided to fight the problem. Find out what they did and how you can participate in the anti-bullying effort.

Posted: Oct 7, 2018 12:10 PM
Updated: Oct 7, 2018 12:26 PM

HANFORD, Calif. - Last month 12-year-old Tarrick Walker needed an assist when he says he heard a racial slur while playing basketball at school.

The young man said, "I'm like, what's happening? The kid tells me to go out you dumb "N-word." He explained that everyone was shocked because no one would ever think someone, or a kid would say a racial term, especially that one."

Tarrick says he realized the slur was directed at him, but instead of starting a fight, his parents gave him a platform on Facebook so he could share his experience.

Tarrick said, "What really made me feel good was that my friends and other kids on the basketball courts stood up for me and told him to stop saying what he did."

The Walkers were not done yet. They designed these blue t-shirts. Blue is the official color for National Bullying Prevention month in October. The shirts were stamped with the message, "Stop Bullying" and the hashtag #IstandWithTarrick. A hundred shirts were donated to students, parents and teachers.

Tarrick's dad is Marcel Walker. He said, "It was like putting gasoline on a fire. So within hours and a few days it was huge, and people wanted more shirts."

Type in Tarrick's hashtag on Twitter and you'll find posts like these, from adults and kids. They stand with Tarrick, speaking out against racism and bullying.

Tarrick's mom is Darlene. She said it's "a great message I feel like... for us, my children, to see that there's a lot more love in the world than there is hate."

"Is there any way to take anti-bullying too far?" asks the 12-year old. "I don't think so."

Tarrick wants the campaign's voice to echo in and out of Hanford and give courage to victims and witnesses of bullying.

"Stand up and go do something about it," he asks, while giving people plenty of inspiration during National Bullying Prevention month.

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