A local event highlighted the dangers of bullying on American teens.
Saturday, the first annual anti-bullying benefit for Gracey Jayne Pettit was held. Pettit was sent to a Columbus hospital for three days after being assaulted by a classmate. Her mother says the family has moved passed the incident and want to spread awareness about bullying. She believes technology has changed the face of bullying.
"It's easier for kids to post things rather than to say things to someone and I think it's making it more available to do that. It's an avenue for kids to bully that way," said Gracey's Mother, Kellie Pettit.
Pettit says she has discussed making improvements with school faculty, but she understands technology is needed as an educational tool. At the event there were plenty of fun activities.
" We have inflatable for the kids, we have snow cones and cotton candy, popcorn ..We tried to gear it more towards the kids this first time around. We wanted to see how that works. We want to get the kids involved and bring more awareness to them, " said Pettit
If you didn't make it out tonight, you can still donate to the benefit and Gracey by visiting Community Bank.