On April 28th, 1999, eight days after two students went on a deadly rampage at a high school in Colorado, a similar attack struck the community of Taber, Alberta Canada.
A 14-year-old boy opened fire inside W.R. Myers High School in Taber. One student, Jason Lang was killed and another was wounded. Shortly after the shooting, stories began to emerge of the relentless bullying the accused had previously endured.
Within days after the Taber shooting, Canadian father and teacher Bill Belsey thought he must take some form of action to help prevent the future pain and suffering of others because of bullying. He registered the domain name bullying.org and began to create the Web site which first went online on February 16, 2000. Around this time, he met with a peer-support group made up of girls and boys from grades 1 to 8 who volunteered to meet once a week during their lunch hours to help support one another in regards to a variety of personal issues. Led by Mr. Belsey, the group volunteered to work together to discuss these issues and share some of their own thoughts, feelings and experiences about bullying. Mr. Belsey asked the group if they would like to contribute stories, poems and drawings to his Web site to help others deal positively with the issues of bullying and teasing. Other students helped with some of the initial researching of resources for the "Helpful Resources" section of the Web site. Some of the early HTML coding for this site was contributed by students Janeve and Zoe.
This collaborative, international project has now grown to become one of the most visited and referenced Websites about bullying in the world, thanks to the contributions from courageous youth and caring adults around the world.
Bullying.org is a collaborative project that has three goals;
- to help people understand that they are NOT ALONE in being bullied,
- to help people understand that being bullied is NOT THEIR FAULT, and
- to help people understand that there are many POSITIVE alternatives to dealing with bullying.
Bullying.org is dedicated to the memory of Jason Lang and all others whose lives have been directly or indirectly hurt by the effects of bullying.
For more information, please read, "Bullying.org, a Learning Journey"