"It used to be 'sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,' that is not the case anymore," said Angie Stagge, mother of bullied.
Stagge feels for the families of Billy Lucas and Tori Swoape. The two students took their own lives as a result of being bullied. Stagge's own daughter thought about killing herself after she was picked on online.
"There is no cyberbulling law here in Indiana," said Stagge. "There are only 10 states in the United States that have a cyberbulling law. We definitely need one here."
Along with legislation that would stop cyberbullying, Stagge wants steps taken that would hold bullies, and their parents accountable. Also, she wants stiffer penalties for repeat offenders of bullying. Finally, Staggie said schools need to have a mandated plan for bullying at school.
"They need to be accountable," said Stagge. "They need to teach these teachers, staff, administration on what they need to do during a bullying situation."
Stagge has enlisted the help of State Representative Woody Burton, R-Whiteland. Burton said Stagie's efforts will not go unnoticed.
"If you have a petition drive where you have hundreds of people saying, 'This bullying has got to stop,' and it comes from all over the state of Indiana, and I think that is what is going to happen with this group, then I really think that will get the attention of the legislature," said Burton. "It is going to make us stand up and make this a top priority."
If the bullying issue does not get addressed, Stagge said she is afraid of what might happen.
"You are going to hear about this all the time," said Stagge. "It is not going to be something that is going to be casual, it is an epidemic."
Information about Stagge's petition is available online.
Stagge said she also has plans of holding her own anti-bullying rally in July.