LITTLE Jeromy Rodriguez, the founder and president of the Anti-Bullying Association of Trinidad and Tobago, last Monday launched the association at the Moruga Secondary School.
Rodriguez who won this year's Flavorite National Soca Monarch competition for primary schools, used his prize money towards forming the association.
Addressing the many school children that attended the launch, Rodriguez said, "I am eleven years old and I have never fought one day in my life. I have never been bullied and I have never bullied someone. But, I can imagine the anguish, fear and sense of insecurity anyone that has been bullied endures."
He said, " Together we stand up against bullying. Today the word bully has a new meaning. Today we shall make a friend and bring bullying to an end."
Rodriguez created an acronym for the word bully.
"B-Be your brother's keeper, U-Uplift and support each other, L-Love and respect one another, L-Lean on his/her/my shoulder and Y-Yes, we can do it together."
Soca superstar Machel Montano, Panamanian Ambassador Arline Gonzalez Costa and representatives from various government ministries attended. Gonzalez Costa encouraged the government to support the association saying that bullying exists worldwide.
She also asked that more songs against bullying be recorded.
Rodriguez said that as a part of his campaign, visits will be made to several schools to talk about bullying and how it can be prevented and dealt with.
He also formed another group called Girls Against Gossip (GAG).
His mother, Ivonne Rodriguez said plans were also in place to train at least 30 students attending the University of the West Indies(UWI) to deal with the issue.