Philadelphia, PA – December 3, 2012 – In East Sparta, Ohio (a suburb of Canton), there is a 10-year-old girl who has suffered disturbing social cruelty, with a classmate and his parent mocking the girl’s cerebral palsy. A shocking video capturing one of these incidents, filmed by the girl’s grandmother, has recently brought the abuse to the attention of the media and law enforcement.
Today, three anti-bullying organizations – Teach Anti-Bullying, the Megan Meier Foundation, and TruthLocker – have joined forces to raise funds to Support Hope and her family. The organizations have launched a website, SupportHope.us and a Facebook page, “Support Hope Holcomb-Knight,” designed to raise funds and help this young girl overcome the mental and emotional cruelty she has experienced over the past year.
“We learned that this has been going on for over a year – with a child and a parent who should have known better both ridiculing a young girl with cerebral palsy,” said Dr. Claudio Cerullo, founder and President of Teach Anti-Bullying. “Through our partnership with TruthLocker, we reached out to the Megan Meier Foundation with the goal of raising funds to support this young girl, and her family, especially at this time of year, and to bring some happiness back into her life.”
All donations to SupportHope.us are being processed through the Megan Meier Foundation, with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to the Knight family (the family of the 10-year-old girl).
The Megan Meier Foundation is a non-profit foundation launched in 2007 to bring awareness, education and promote positive change to children, parents and educators in response to the ongoing bullying and cyber-bullying in our children’s daily environment. Additional information is available at http://www.meganmeierfoundation.org.
TruthLocker is a software/smartphone app created by teens and parents determined to find a practical and free solution to all the bullying awareness at schools and in the news. The company’s mission is to provide hope for those going through any kind of cyber drama by providing a technology tool to capture data and evidence for parents, school administrators and law enforcement to document bullying, in particular cyber-bullying. Additional information is available at http://www.truthlocker.com.
Teach Anti-Bullying is a non-profit foundation launched in November 2011 by Cerullo out of growing concern for the issue of bullying both in the classroom and in the community. Serving children and families who have been, or are being affected by, bullying, Teach Anti-Bullying works to raise awareness and support, while encouraging the collaboration of all stakeholders – children, educators, parents, community leaders, law enforcement, and local, state and federal legislators – in the pro-active intervention against bullying as well as the prevention of bullying. Additional information is available at http://www.TeachAntiBullying.com.