Local students make video for "Happy Birthday Colin" - ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI

Local students make video for "Happy Birthday Colin" Facebook page

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(02/28/14) - Some Mid-Michigan high school students are sending birthday greetings across the state.

Bentley High School students in Burton heard about Colin, who lives in the Kalamazoo County community of Richland.

His birthday is soon and he's not looking forward to it. Students at Bentley want to change that.

Colin's mother wrote on Facebook that Colin will turn 11 on March 9, and he rejected the idea of having a party because he doesn't have any friends.

Colin has some disabilities and lacks some social skills. His mom says he often acts out in school.

Colin's mom launched a Facebook page called "Happy Birthday Colin." She wants everyone to send her son positive thoughts and encouraging words.

Some students at Bentley thought that was a great idea and shot a short video to be posted on the Facebook page.

"A lot of the teachers and kids that I told were very willing to participate. All the people in my yearbook class helped me with making the posters. My yearbook teacher was very involved too," said Allison Campbell, Bentley High School junior.

"When Allison first brought it up to me, I felt like it would be really special because I hate bullying. It irritates me to see. His story just felt really special to me," said Hannah Marshall, Bentley High School junior.

"I think as a district, we're trying to teach our kids the various forms of bullying and that cyber-bullying is something that never goes away. Once it's in writing, it's out there and it never goes away. We want our kids to understand that if you put positive messages out there like the Colin situation, that will also never go away," said Ashley Thomas, Bentley High School counselor.

If you would like to wish Colin a happy birthday, click HERE.

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