Flint Mom creating 'safe space' to put an end to bullying

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FLINT (WJRT) (2/23/2018) - "I really am just creating an opportunity, opening the doors of this community center for them to not feel alone. It is okay to have a conversation. You are not the only one feeling this way. And it is not okay," explained Tracy Palmer.

She founded Trendsetter Productions in Flint and recently created anti-bullying workshops to reach kids before, she said, they get to the point of no return.

"Words have power. They have a lot of power. And our young people are in a constant battle to either be the same or to impress one another; and so they lose their identity," Palmer said.

So she's working to help them find it.

"Are you a bully?Are you a victim? Or are you a witness? And then, I'm asking you - what kind of witness are you? Are you sitting back and letting it happen? Are you laughing when the person's getting bullied, you know, are you egging it on? Or are you that person that's going to step up and say no. This is not okay," Palmer explained.

It's a struggle she had to watch her now-18-year-old daughter deal with a few years ago.

"She was having anxiety attacks, she was hiding in the bathroom," Palmer said. "And we have a close family, so I can just imagine a family that's maybe not that close 'cause it was mind-boggling for me and her father to find out that she was broken because of the way somebody else felt about her."

Palmer says that pain fuels her mission.

"I treat all these kids like they're mine. Because they just need somebody to believe in them, that's all they need,' Palmer said. "Can't save everybody but I can save as many as possible, so that's why I cant stop. This will never stop."

Palmer's workshop runs Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ebenezer Community Center in Burton (2069 S. Center Road).

It's free and open to everyone in the community.

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