Day 11: Rad vs. Bullying….Mission Statement…I will help to facilitate change through Following My Radness

Today had 5 main parts to it….1.Kids to their mom’s 2. work from home 3. workout 4. work some more 5. Watched the Documentary called Bully about bullying. The kids below are kids that took their own lives in due effect to bullying. The movie was emotional, sad and heartfelt. I will improve as a Dad and person. The movie effected me a lot and I know that I don’t do enough to help. I will start something with RadUncle to help kids and people to follow their gifts and to learn to find them, define them and be them. Follow Your Radness…I will start to make this my mission statement in building RadUncle to Follow My Radness to be able to share this message for my kids and for the world’s kids and with the deep understanding knowing that at one time that WE WHERE ALL CHILDREN….All Of Us.

Re-Educate The Educated

Ty Smalley

Brandon Swartwood

Ty was from Perkins, Oklahoma, and he was eleven years old. Ty had a big heart and always had a big smile for everyone. He loved to hunt and help others. Ty was small for his age. Two years of being bullied was just too much for him. He retaliated against the bully and was suspended. We lost Ty on May 13th, 2010.

Brandon Swartwood lived in Coweta, Oklahoma. He loved riding his four wheeler, fishing, camping, and helping on the family farm and family trucking business. His mom always said he was her mechanic that was smart enough to be a rocket scientist. Brandon was bullied for many years by people that never took the time to get to know him. Brandon took his own life to end his pain December 16th, 2000 at the age of 18.

Austin Hallsted

Brianna De Vries

He was always a very creative and enthusiastic young man. he loved the outdoors and was an accomplished hunter and builder! for his sisters 5th birthday austin built her a surprise two story playhouse complete with lights and even a walk out balcony. austin battled bullies the same as way too many other kids. some of his closest friends bullied him to the point that he took his own life to escape it. we lost austin december 18th 2010. his parents Travis and Heidi have made it their mission to stop bullying.


Brianna was from Australia. Bullying happens around the world. Brianna loved fishing, surfing, and she was good at all sports. Bree was bullied by some of her trusted friends on Facebook and Myspace. At the age of 14, Bree took her own life to escape the constant bullying. We lost Breezy April 28th 2010.

Montana Lance

Matt Epling

Montana was from Texas. At the age of nine, Montana was suspended from school because he retaliated against a bully. He was in the school office waiting for his parents to pick him up, and, after locking himself in the nurses bathroom, he hung himself with his belt. We lost Montana January 21, 2010.

Matt Epling was from Michigan. He was 14 years old. He was voted by his eighth grade classmates to have the best smile, the best personality, and the most likely to become an actor. He was assaulted by the older kids as a part of “welcome to high school.” We lost Matt in 2002. His father, Kevin Epling continues to work to bring awareness and stop bullying.

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