Music fans waiting for performers at Stop the Bullying Rally in Richmond
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -
Hundreds of music fans lined up for hours outside the Richmond Coliseum Sunday for the first ever Stop the Bullying Rally.
The event includes a concert featuring big names like Mindless Behavior and Diggy. But organizers say the goal is the event goes beyond the music.
“Recognize a special cause, something that's sweeping the nation. Something that's very important that's going on--stop the bullying. Considering school just let out, we wanted the kids to be engaged in something early to start off the summer,” said Shawn Minter, who helped organize the event.
Richmond native Young Prince Charles is among the performers. The 12-year-old has a song called “Bully This, Bully That.” He hopes his music will inspire the crowd.
“Bullying isn't right, and we need to put a stop to it immediately,” he said.
Among the fans are young kids or teens, many saying they've experienced or seen bullying at school.
“I've seen it before. I don't think it's a good thing. It's something that shouldn't happen a lot, but it happens every day,” said Myah Thomas.
“How you're hurting people when you say rude things to them,” said Unique Keemer.
A VCU anti-bullying group will be at the event to help spread that message.
“They're going to come out, and everyone is going to take an anti-bullying pledge not to bully, so that's real big and we're expecting a good turnout for that and for people to take part in that pledge and actually follow it,” said Minter.
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