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KWWL's Amanda Goodman sits down with Kirk Smalley

WATERLOO (KWWL) - It was May 13, 2010. Hours after he was suspended for standing up to his bully, 11-year-old Ty Smalley shot and killed himself inside his parents' Oklahoma bedroom.

Kirk Smalley made a silent promise to his only son that he would put a stop to bullying.

"I'm tired of losing kids," Smalley said. "We're losing kids to something that is completely preventable."

To make it stop, Smalley is taking his message around the world.

It's called Stand for the Silent, meaning to stand up for those who may be too afraid to do it on their own, or to take a stand when it may not be the most "popular" thing to do.

"Amanda, I've seen comments on your Facebook page. People say that they're tired of hearing you talk about bullying," Smalley said. "Tell them that we're losing kids every single day to this."

Smalley says it's vital that he and his wife continue to spread their message because they don't want other parents to live in the nightmare that they have been living in for the past three years.

Join Kirk Smalley and Amanda Goodman Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Don Bosco High School for the Stand for the Silent rally. The community is invited.
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