LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- In 1996, after the tragedy at Columbine, Californian Rick Phillips saw a need to work with young people to help make sure it didn't happen again. He formed Community Matters, and in its 15 years, it has become one of the nation's premier anti-bullying programs.
Phillips was a guest on Today's THV at 6:30, and told us of how his method centers around empowerment. That instead of adults preaching down to kids, the outside in approach, he believes that kids can do it all themselves. After all, they are the ones involved.
The fact that a young person will suppress the fear, and put up with bullies, is reason enough for kids to be their own police. Phillips and his team visit schools and hold workshops for young people. The alpha kids are nominated for these events, and through them, bullying is monitored and stopped in its tracks. His success rate is pretty good, but in the case of this dreaded condition, it takes vigilance.