SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Sirdeaner Walker of Springfield will be honored Thursday as a Pioneer Valley Red Cross hometown hero. She's been a leader in the crusade against bullying.
Two years ago next month Sirdeaner Walker's 11-year old son Carl took his own life. He had been tormented mercilessly by bullies at school.
Sirdeaner became an anti-bullying activist, a champion to make sure there would be a law to protect children from bullies. "When this happened to our family, my family, there was no law in place. The highlight and the biggest moment for me was being invited by Governor Patrick for the signing of the anti bullying law in the commonwealth."
But Sirdeaner Walker's work is far from finished. She lives for the day when Massachusetts anti-bullying law becomes the law of the land. "Federal anti-bullying legislation, that is the goal to make sure that all of our children here in the United States attend school in a safe environment."
Because Sirdeaner Walker's discovered that in today's world bullying is far more malicious than when she was growing up. "Children can be bullied 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They can go into the internet, social networking sites and they can do this anonymously."
And as Sirdeaner Walker continues her crusade against bullying, her son Carl is never far from her thoughts and emotions. "When I see his friends his age, I see how much they've grown in two years, and I think about how much he would have grown, That's what makes me very sad."
Walker will be honored as a Pioneer Valley Hometown hero Thursday morning at the heroes breakfast at the Mass Mutual Center in downtown Springfield.