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."