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Organizations come together to stop bullying targeting disabled Missourians

During Learning Disability Awareness Month and Bullying Prevention Month, People First Missouri and Boone County Family Resources are coming together to get the community involved in ending bullying in mid-Missouri. (Caileigh Peterson/KRCG 13)

Boone County Family Resources and People First Missouri said they want to get the community involved in order to stop bullying. The organizations are combining National Learning Disability Awareness Month and Bullying Prevention Month.

People First Missouri is an organization founded by, run by, and existing for Missourians with developmental disabilities.

Boone County Family Resources said 60 percent of students with disabilities have reported being bullied compared to 25 percent of other students.

The president of People First Boone County said those with developmental disabilities are bullied both at school and outside of school.

Members of People Fist Boone County and Boone County Family said it is important to get the community involved in efforts to stop bullying.

"It's just not one person's problem, it's everyone's problem, it's a community thing so we have to step up to the plate and say, 'Enough is in enough. No More. We're not going to tolerate it,'" People First Boone County President Jeff Johnson said.

"If people learn about people that are bullying then maybe they can stop them from doing that. I think it's important to stop them before they start," People First Boone County Vice President Jason Mize said.

Boone County Family Resources and People First Boone County said they are looking to spread that message with the community.

"We are marching in the homecoming parade, sharing that message, and handing out bracelets to remind everybody that we're all in this together and that we all need to stand up to bullying," Boone County Family Resources Executive Director Robyn Kaufman said.


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