Anti-Bullying Group Aims to "Eliminate H8" | News
CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. - It was a story that few in Western New York and around the county could ignore; Morgan Krauss couldn't ignore 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer's story either. The Williamsville teen committed suicide in September, police and family members believe, because he was bullied for being gay.
"It just sort of lit a fire in me," said Krauss, who didn't know Jamey or his family.
Rodemeyer's story may have lit the match, but the kindling was already there.
"I went through it in grade school, I was teased a lot, like in 6th, 7th, 8th grades, and it sticks with you," said Krauss. "And it really, it sort of helps you develop who you become, and who you are and how you see yourself, in a positive or negative way."
Now a happily married mother of three young girls, Morgan has another motive for wanting to help stop bullying; she wants keep her children from being hurt, and she wants to make sure they're not the ones doing the teasing.
A desire that has resonated with others around Western New York. Just a few weeks ago- Morgan started a Facebook group, and called it "Eliminate H8."
"Eliminate H8 started with me sitting here with my laptop because I wanted to get something going and what we want to do is create a curriculum or a program," said Krauss.
More than 130 people have "liked" the group on Facebook, and it has helped her connect with about a dozen people, including some from Rochester and Belfast.
The group plans to meet to start brainstorming. Current students are also invited.
"Having their current input right now makes it more timely, makes it more current, makes it more appropriate and more impactful I guess," said Krauss.
Though the project is still in its infancy and few details have been decided, Morgan knows one thing: She will work hard to make an impact.
"I want it to be something that educates parents, teachers, students, counselors, anybody in the community, a community wide thing," said Krauss.
If you want to join Eliminate H8, the group is meeting Friday, Oct. 21st at 7 p.m. at the Tim Horton's on Main Street in Batavia.
Click here to "like" Eliminate H8 on Facebook. There you can find out how to order a bracelet with the message, "Eliminate H8" as a way to support the group.
If you're not on Facebook, you can email Krauss at firstname.lastname@example.org.