Roswell resident starts anti-bullying petition

Created: 01/20/2014 5:51 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Some people in Roswell are coming together to fight bullying.  A friend of suspected shooter 12-year-old Mason Campbell told KOB Eyewitness News 4 Campbell was bullied in school.

Police have not confirmed bullying had anything to do with the shooting.

But as KOB found out, people in Roswell hope that efforts to stop bullying will help prevent future tragedies.

The petition called ‘Guardian Angel Promise’ is addressed to Governor Susana Martinez.  It calls for stronger anti-bullying programs in the state.

“If she'll think about passing a bill where every school has to have in place, just like they do the drills and all that.  If they could just have a program implemented in the schools so that they feel better," said Nicole Vargas.

Vargas started the petition after last week’s shooting.

It’s already gotten over 60 signatures from people all over the state.

“It's awesome to have community involvement and we've seen how good we've done recently," said Vargas.

And the effort doesn’t end there. 

Girl Scouts in Roswell are also reaching out to stop bullying through a series of programs aimed at girls.

Cheryl Martinez is a troop leader.

"These specific programs try to teach the girls that bullying just is not a good way of life," said Martinez.

Another person hoping to stop bullying is Bobby Villegas.  He thinks parents should be punished if their student is a bully.

"I believe there should be a law that disciplines parents, disciplines the child.  If they have to go to fines and jail term then I think that should be the issue," said Villegas.

Villegas has four grandkids in Roswell schools.

He believes the punishment for bullying should be stronger.

"Something like that might be harsh, but nothing can be harsher than what happens when there’s a tragedy," said Villegas.

The woman who started the petition wants to get 40 more signatures before sending it to Governor Martinez.

If you'd like to sign the petition, the link is:

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