JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Nearly one in three American teenagers report having been victims of bullying, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Saturday morning people of all ages held an event in hopes of raising awareness about the problem.
People ran, walked, and rolled against bullying beginning at 9 a.m. at the Run Walk and Roll 5K.
"All of the people that are here today are very much for the anti-bullying campaign, and so am I," said MacArthur East Lab student Mark Hobdolla.
The anti-bullying cause is important to Hobdolla because he has an autistic brother. Hobdolla rallied his classmates at MacArthur East Lab to help spread the word about the event. "We created flyers and posters and hung them all around school, organized lists of who was going to be where," he said.
The Arkansas Parent Training and Information Center and the National Bullying Prevention Center hosted the 5K at International Studies Magnet School in Jonesboro.
Event organizer Shelby Knight with the Parent Training Center said she hoped people walk away from the 5K with one thing, wanting to find a solution to the bullying epidemic.
"Bullying happens every day, and we need to find ways to stop it," she said. "We want to train people on how to stop bullies, and the families that have reached out to us to help them with their bullying situations are glad that we're there to help them."
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