Howard County Takes Stand Against Bullying

A "freeze mob" on Tuesday at Howard High was one of several events aimed at bringing awareness to the emotionally charged topic.

After Glenelg student Grace McComas, 15, killed herself on Easter Sunday, her friends began a movement called "Blue4Grace" in which they wore blue at her wake to take a stand against bullying.

Grace's parents said she was harassed online for months, according to The Baltimore Sun.

"Can children not take a minute and realize they’re killing each other over petty things?" wrote one commenter on the Blue4Grace page.

Students at  took more than a minute on Tuesday. Time stood still between second and third periods as they collectively paused during what is called a "freeze mob" while the song "Lean on Me" played.

The demonstration is one of several events in Howard County over the next two weeks to combat bullying.

  • On Wednesday, students will wear white to "white out" bullying.
  • Also on Wednesday, the makers of Finding Kind, a documentary about bullying, will be in attendance at  for a screening from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
  • On Thursday, the PTA Council of Howard County is hosting a forum at the . to discuss technology and bullying and the school system's bullying policy.
  • Also on Thursday, the director for Student Services will present a report to the on the school system's policies and initiatives around mental health. The report is attached to this article as a PDF.
  • On Saturday, May 5, Howard County Councilman Calvin Ball and Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice are hosting a forum called “A Ray of Hope: A Pro-Kindness, Anti-Bullying, Teen Suicide Prevention Outreach" in Ellicott City, a ticket-only event for high school students and their parents which will offer resources to help families cope.

“Our community is still grieving from the two tragic losses we had in Howard County," said Ball.

, 16, of Long Reach High School, died March 31, a week before McComas took her life. There was nothing connecting his death to bullying.

Said Ball: "There are many students and parents out there who are reaching out for help."

K April 25, 2012 at 04:33 PM
No mention has been made of the bullies that were harassing that poor girl. I'm sure they can be identified since it was done online. What punishment will they face for the abusive treatment of her?
Danna Walker (Editor) April 25, 2012 at 04:58 PM
We are looking into your question and will follow up.
blue for grace April 26, 2012 at 05:54 AM
The police and courts knew who was doing it, when and what was said. It's not a matter of the identification but the ramifications. He will go on to graduate in May with a full diving scholarship to Towson U and live his life while he leaves a path of destruction behind with no remorse.
K April 26, 2012 at 06:28 PM
To me what makes the situation even worse is that neither the police nor the school stop him from tormenting this girl pushing her beyond her breaking point. I think his name should be published and made known to the public so that everyone can let him know what they think of his behavior. I would also encourage everyone to email every administrator at Towson with their thoughts on giving this umremorseful psychopath a scholarship. If enough attention and enough pressure pressure is put on the school, then they may rescind their scholarship offer as has happened with other athletes that have such shown reprehensible and unacceptable behavior. PUBLIC FURY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Please publish his name, I want to let Towson know my thoughts about this.


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