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New Anti-Bullying Group Formed in Fort Stockton, Holds First Community Meeting

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By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

FORT STOCKTON - A new group in Fort Stockton held their first meeting on Thursday with one goal in mind: to put a stop to bullying in the community.

They're called "Fort Stockton No Bullies" and they're hoping to give victims a helping hand.

The group said it's time for the community to take a stand against bullying instead of just talking about it.

Maggie Hinostroza is on a mission.

"I think it's a big problem," Maggie said. "I want the bullying to stop because this community is a great community when we come together."

After hearing stories from her daughter and from other parents around town, the mother decided to start a Facebook page called F.S. No Bullies.

Maggie said the recent incident where a student at the intermediate school was allegedly threatened with a gun was the last straw.

"We've heard people saying that they're gonna start stuff and no one has really taken the initiative so that's where I stepped in," Maggie said. "I don't want something to happen to the kids and then it's gonna be too late for somebody to do something about it."

The page sparked community interest and is quickly gaining support.

"I've had a lot of parents contact me personally on the Facebook page, my cell phone," she said. "They're giving me their stories, their information and they're willing to help. I've also had great, great help from the superintendent and the asst. superintendent here in Fort Stockton."

On Thursday, F.S. No Bullies held their first community meeting where they talked about anti-bullying laws and the school's role in dealing with these issues. Maggie said the group will point bullying victims in the right direction if they feel like they need help.

"I want them to feel like they have a place to go when they feel like there's no chance for them whatsoever," she said.

They're not only reaching out to victims. Maggie said she wants to help bullies too.

"We have to fulfill in these kids that it's about respect, dignity, pride and the spirit that they hold," she said. "To treat somebody wrong just because they're different, it's not cool."

F.S. No Bullies said they plan on holding monthly meetings and possibly even a student rally in the future.