A California boy is stepping up to stop bullying, and his message is spreading fast.
What started as a bad day at recess has now turned into a positive story.
Last month, 12-year-old Tarrick needed an assist when he says he heard a racial slur while playing basketball at school.
“I’m like, what’s happening? And the kid tells me to go out you dumb n-word. And everyone is shocked because no one would ever think someone or a kid would say a racial term, especially that one,” Tarrick said.
Tarrick says he realized the slur was directed at him but instead of starting a fight, his parents gave him a platform on Facebook so he could share his experience.
“What really made me feel good was that my friends and other kids on the basketball courts stood up for me and told him to stop saying what he did,” Tarrick said.
The Walkers weren’t done. They designed blue T-shirts, the official color for National Bullying Prevention Month in October.
The T-shirts are stamped with the message “Stop bullying” and the hashtag “#IstandwithTarrick.”
A hundred shirts were donated to students, parents and teachers.
“It was like putting gasoline on a fire. So within hours and a few days, it was huge and people wanted more shirts.”
Type in Tarrick’s hashtag and you’ll find posts like these, whether they’re adults or kids.
They stand with Tarrick, speaking out against racism and bullying.
“And that’s a great message I feel like for us, my children to see that there’s a lot more love in the world than there is hate,” said Tarrick’s mother, Darlene Walker.
“Is there any way to take anti-bullying too far? I don’t think so,” Tarrick said.
Tarrick wants the campaign’s voice to echo in and out of Hanford and give courage to victims and witnesses of bullying.
“Stand up and go do something about it.”