Candlelight vigil held for victims of bullying

A candlelight vigil was held on the steps of the Alberta Legislature Saturday night on behalf of victims of bullying.

Organizer Manwar Khan wants to empower victims and witnesses of bullying

A candlelight vigil was held on the steps of the Alberta Legislature Saturday night on behalf of victims of bullying.

Organizer Manwar Khan witnessed the fatal beating of a man on board an LRTtrain last year.

He tried to help, and asked others to intervene, but said he was shocked when no one would step forward. The experience inspired him to start an anti-bullying campaign.

CBC News spoke to Khan last April about his anti-bullying efforts.

   

Now, he says he wants to give a voice to those who witness or have been affected by bullying.

“To empower bystanders so that they can stand up for the victims of bullying and violence [like] what I experienced in December,” he said. “If one person stands up against bullying and says what you are doing is not right then that is my accomplishment.”

In a moment of silence Saturday evening, attendee Betty Wedman thought about her son who died in 2008. Wedman believes bullying contributed to her son’s death.

She said she’s hopeful events like this may help save lives in the future.

“I commend [Khan] for what he's done. That's what more of us need to do. As a bystander we need to speak out and intervene, because that's what will create the change.”

“If we start to share and support each other, we can stop somebody from taking the path that my son did. Because then they realize they're not alone.“

About 40 people attended the vigil.

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