He said adults bear responsibility for changing the culture of suicide because children often learn this behavior from them.
“We see parents bullying each other. It's everywhere — all around us — and we've got to start calling each on it,” Smalley said.
He said spreading the anti-bullying message has become his mission and it should be everyone's.
“Please take this back to your schools, your churches, your families,” he said.
“Take this to your communities and don't wait until it happens. Let's do something about it before it happens.”
The Oklahoma Conference of Churches includes: the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, African Methodist Episcopal Church, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Cooperating Baptist Fellowship of Oklahoma, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Mennonite Church, Presbyterian Church USA, Progressive Oklahoma Baptist State Convention, Reformed Church in America, United Methodist Church Oklahoma Conference, Religious Society of Friends and the United Church of Christ.
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I'm not asking you to do it for me. I'm not asking you to do it for my boy — my boy is not being picked on anymore. I'm asking you to do it for your kids. Do it for your grandkids.”
Founder of Stand for the Silent. Smalley's son Ty committed suicide two years ago