Rally Against Cyber-Bullying Held in San Jose

Sunday, Sep 15, 2013  |  Updated 12:22 AM PDT
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Rally Against Cyber-Bullying Held in San Jose

Dozens rallied in San Jose Saturday to raise awareness about cyber-bullying, in honor of Amanda Brownwell.

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Dozens of people gathered in San Jose Saturday to raise awareness about cyber-bullying.

The parents of Amanda Brownwell organized today's rally in honor of their daughter, who tried to commit suicide at her high school in San Jose in 2008.

She survived but was severely disabled--and died just a few months ago from her injuries.

Her family said they are sharing their daughter's story in hopes of changing the culture around bullying.

"We have to change how we talk to each other, how we treat each other," said Ann Brownwell, who is Amanda's mother. "It's up to us adults to be the example, and that's the only way we're gonna be able to make a change."

Amanda's father said it's important for parents to be on the lookout for bullying. He said communication and keeping a close eye on cell phone and computer usage are some of the best ways to discover bullying early.

In addition to tips on bully prevention, there were guest speakers and live music.
 

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