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This Second Grader Used To Be a Bully And What He Is Doing To Make Up For It Is Pretty Awesome

He used to think it was cool to make fun of other kids. Now, he's doing something to make a change.

By Renee Schiavone

Beaumont, Calif.
– Second-grader Cameron Thompson thought it was funny that another boy brought a barbie doll to school for show-and-tell.

And, like we hear all-too-often these days, he decided to make fun of that boy, and convinced others to bully him as well.

Cameron was caught, though, and taught about how dangerous bullying can be.  Now, he wants to help others know about the hurt that can be caused by bullying, too.

"He asked me why he still felt bad [a couple months later] and I explained shame to him," Cameron's mom Jessica Southard tells Patch.  "He then told me he knew how he could make it better. He asked me if he could start an anti-bully club at school."

With help from the principal at Tournament Hills Elementary School in Beaumont, Cameron got his club off the ground, and 76 students showed up to the first meeting earlier this month, his mom says.

His club is based off the PBIS program, which stands for positive behavioral interventions & supports, and meets Fridays at lunch.

Cameron (with some adult help) has also created this great video above, to help spread the word on his anti-bullying efforts.  

Watch with caution, though.  It's so sweet, you'll need a tissue!

Click here to like Cameron's Anti-Bully Campaign on Facebook.
Jessica Thompson Southard May 23, 2014 at 12:36 PM
Hi "citizen". This is Cameron's mom. I can certainly understand your concerns about putting a spotlight on the bully, as I had the same concerns at first. But I hope that the spotlight is really focused on his message, which is that if you have been a bully, it's not to late to change. I can assure you that the child he bullied loves the video. His parents were consulted before we made it and he was asked if we could post it. I asked him what he thought about it and he said, "It's awesome. I hope it works." He and Cameron are now friends and Cameron is seen in his school as an advocate for bullied kids. He lets them know that they have friends in his club. The club has an amazing membership where the kids choose give up their lunch recess to come learn about positive behavior traits. I'm proud of him for creating this platform for those who need it, whether it be a child who has been bullied or someone who needs their eyes opened to the hurt they are causing.
Louann Spiegel Gates May 23, 2014 at 12:50 PM
Love the video.
Citizen May 23, 2014 at 03:21 PM
Dear Mom Southard your son is young and as you very well expressed he's learning and your thoughtful encouragement for change is supported. If as you stated both your son and his victim are participating together to educate and identify "what is bullying" this is noble and collaborative. Giving both a shinning light on a learning experience. Each taught the other a great life lesson about judgment without thought or understanding; and what can happen when you act on those judgments. I'm still not interested in your son. I'd like to hear the victim's voice and what he experienced and learned from the encounters with your son Cameron and his friends; both before and after they became "friends" Identifying "physical bullying is easy" bruises are easy to see as well as over the top violence (some community sports). Social bullying is more difficult. It's a silent insidious killer of spirit, creativity, and individuality. Most of our upstanding citizens believe this bullying tool of social ostracizing or rumor spreading to hurt others is not as harmful as actually punching or kicking a person. Social bullying is an act of power and control and is also an act of violence. An individual bully with gang mentality and friends that follow them (a leader) even in the most attractive communities - is still bullying. Its a tool used for power and to control the environment; and always self serving.
Citizen May 24, 2014 at 08:39 AM
I'm sorry I see this as a self-serving video from a young bully with a lot of friends. Bullying is a self-serving act and process at the expense of another person or persons to "control the environment" to meet their own needs. Always self-serving. I wish your son well and hope he views himself beyond the snapshot of your video.
Robert Flint Mitchell May 25, 2014 at 10:58 PM
Great story for a bully to make up for what he did wrong, considering what there has been in our society. This one was solved without any more senseless shootings. I my self back in school was bullied or teased for being short, etc in the 1970's and 1980's. I wasn't hurt at all and am lucky for that. I like to see more of this instead of guns, etc.

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