GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- National bullying prevention month starts in October, but people in the community came out to the Canyon View Park Sunday, Sept. 15 to support the cause.
A group called Kindness Grows partnered with the Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center for a "walk, run and roll" against bullying.
The 5k was open to everyone of all ages. Officials say that the main goal of this event is for people to remember to choose kindness, acceptance and inclusion.
"In Grand Junction, we have had a few cases of suicide due to bullying within the school systems and it's pretty sad because it was in ages that were pretty young. Some of them under the age of you know 12. So, it's something that needs to be addressed, because it does take an emotional, a mental, and even a physical toll,” says Western Colorado Health Education Center Kirstie Aragon.
Officials with Kindness Grows says they hope the free event can help all children to feel safe in school and in their communities.