TULSA - A Green Country mother, fed up with school bullying, created a forum for parents to help one another.
Jenelle Holeman started a Facebook page called Oklahoma Parent's Alliance Against Bullying.
Holeman said the goal is for the page to be a resource for parents whose children are dealing with bullying. She said she pulled her kids out of a public school because they were bullied.
"They would call me fat and call me ugly and just little stuff like that, that they knew would make me mad," said Holeman's 12-year-old daughter.
Holeman's 13-year-old son also experienced relentless name-calling.
"They were calling me a wimp. I wasn't as strong as all the other kids," he said.
Holeman said the school district did little to stop the bullying.
"I thought [the Facebook page] could be a place where parents, we can all pull our resources and start making our administrations accountable for not taking care of these problems," said Holeman.
Holeman said she knows what it's like for parents who feel unable to help their kids.
"There was nobody to help me and guide me and be an advocate for myself and my children," she said. "We are no longer as parents, and our kids will no longer sit back and take it while nobody does anything about it."
Holeman was inspired to create the page, in part, after the suicide of a Coweta teenager earlier this week.
"This could have been my child," she said.
Holeman said the response to the page has been positive.
"There's been a lot of positive response from parents. They're glad there's finally somebody out there, or even a site, that's out there that they can go to," said Holeman.
For more information about the Oklahoma Parent's Alliance Against Bullying visit the page on Facebook.
For more information about bullying, and ways to identify and prevent it, visit www.kjrh.com/bullying .
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