Kristi's Kids

Sep 14, 2012 1:24 AM by Nathan O'Neal

Tucson boy working to curb bullying problem

TUCSON - One of Kristi's Kids has written two books so far but it's his latest, called "The Good, the Bad and the Bullies", that's getting him epic attention as he reaches out to kids for an even greater impact.

After Levi Fallavollita and his friend published his latest book, Pima County supervisors proclaimed August 20 as "Anti-Bullying Day."

Levi reached out to others going through similar bullying experiences for an even greater impact, sharing his heartfelt story.

"I was always getting pushed and shoved and at first I thought they were just playing around but then it started getting serious because I had threats going against me," Fallovallita said, adding: "It made you feel like nobody really cared about you."

At Skyview High School, Levi met with kids who have had similar experiences to his, hearing their stories face to face.

Nicholas Schlabach said the kids at his old school made convinced him that he was "worthless."
"Eventually I decided I wanted to kill myself...I told my mom and that is when she found out I was being bullied," Nicholas said.

Jerry Schlabach, Nicholas's father, was taken aback to hear his sons experiences.

"He was hiding it from us for two or three months because of his reactions at home that we finally figured out something was up," Jerry Schlabach told News 4 Tucson.

Levi Fallavollita and others who shared their experience are hopeful for the future, hoping that by spreading their stories, other kids will know that they are not alone.

Skyview High School videotaped the forum and are planning to make a DVD to share their stories with even more people, hoping to curb the bullying problem.


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