PORTLAND -- A Portland teen is asking other students to rise up against bullying.
“I had 1,000 cards printed with the words 'Rise Up' and I’ve been giving them out to teens,” said Wilson High graduate Alex Horsey.
Teens are asked to hand one to someone they think could be the victim of any kind of bullying or harassment.
“It’s a conversation starter,” explained Horsey, ”and the cards have information about our website which can help a teen find the resources they need.”
Horsey’s group is called 'Project Believe in Me.' It's a nonprofit run for and by teens to tackle the problem of bullying.
“We’re really seeing an increase in cyberbullying,” he said. “Kids can be at home in their rooms putting mean things online with no one there to call them out.”
By law, he points out all schools in the state need to have a policy spelled out specifying how teachers and administrators will deal with bullying.
“I grew up with my life documented on Facebook,” said Horsey. “Hopefully in the future parents will be aware of the potential for trouble and warn their kids.”