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Beaumont student honored for anti-violence essay
The Beaumont City Council honored a local boy for an essay he wrote urging a stop to bullying and violence.
Westley Pollard III was asked to Washington D.C. to be honored for his essay by the Library of Congress, several congressmen and the ambassador of Kuwait.
Westley is now an ambassador for stopping violence, traveling to different schools and organizations talking about how youth can end violence.
The essay, along with those of 24 other students, was published and placed in the Library of Congress.
"Violence, fury, rage, storm, brute force. Violence is a sad thing in this generation. What will the world become in the future. Homes are being broken into regularly. Children are being bullied and kidnapped. I think it's about time to stop the madness. As far as we know the world could go into complete anarchy.
I've never been bullied or picked on, but I have witnessed it. Violence is everywhere. Schools, video games, TV, the movies and even your own homes. Recently in Colorado at the showing of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, a man came dresses as the Joker. He threw smoke bombs and shot at people. At first they thought it was entertainment, but by the time they realized it was real it was too late. Several of people died that day and even more were wounded! That just goes to show you that the world is overthrown with violence.
There are many things that can cause violence. Like when a person has a history of being hurt. People who are poor try to steal by beating you up and taking your belongings. Sometimes people feel bad and want you you to feel bad along with them. Violence is even used to solve the world's problems. A girl named Malala tried to speak up for what she believed and she was shot for it. Can you believe that? People in the world that are scared use violence to protect themselves. That's why they shot Malala!
To put an end to violence I want to start a campaign called Stop The Madness (STM). Stop the Madness would let underprivileged children in the world have fun. That way they wouldn't feel bad and become violent when they grow up. To stop the madness the children would paint a mural showing peace in the world without Violence. I would also make public appearances at schools an parks. Peace, joy, happiness. That's what the world would be like without violence. Children would go around with smiles on their faces not worrying about being bullied. People could sleep at night, not worrying about being stolen from. If you want a world like that let's work together and Stop The Madness!"