By: Kylen Mills
The non-profit QC United is kicking off a year-round anti-bullying campaign with Pete the spokesbull. All in hopes of getting the message to kids about being kind and tolerant.
"I've heard of kids having to transfer schools and everything else. So it is definitely a problem," said Mom Tabatha Baker.
"It's a really big issue there's been a lot more bullying lately," said Davenport North High School student Kenny Thach.
Kids of all ages get talked to about bullying, yet it still happens.
"There's a lot of people who are working hard to do something about it but unfortunately it's still here," said Kim Riley-Quinn with QC United.
That's why QC United decided to get creative in order to stop bullying right here in our area schools.
"What Pete brings is an energy and excitement to this issue. And it's very interactive."
Pete will be visiting schools, community events and businesses through the year spreading the word. Bullying is not ok, and it can end in tragedy.
"We've all heard of examples of that not very long ago. So it can affect whether or not someone wants to go to school or go to work, whether or not they pursue their dreams really," said Riley-Quinn.
Kim Riley-Quinn with QC United says they're hoping Pete can teach everyone respect in a fun way.
"It's about really creating an atmosphere, a positive happy atmosphere one that will really help in getting all the community engaged in the conversation," said Riley-Quinn.
And folks we talked with say they think it's a step in the right direction.
"I think that Pete the Purple Bull will appeal to younger kids and that will get the message across before bullying becomes a problem," said Baker.