About Tempest Smith

In February 2001 at the age of 12, Tempest Smith committed suicide as a result of bullying she experienced at school. The bullying started when she was in the second grade and got worse as she got older.

When she reached middle school, Tempest found comfort in a new religion — Wicca, a peaceful nature-based faith. Her faith would be the source of the most severe abuse she'd experience at the hands of her fellow students. After almost two years, the gentle student who loved cats, playing the flute and shopping couldn't take it any more and ended her life.

Denessa, Tempest’s mother, started a foundation to promote tolerance designed to Teach, Educate, Motivate Parents, Educators & Students in Tolerance.

What can you do? Enlist the aid of a caring teacher. Say hello to the kid in your class who nobody talks to. Stand up for the teenage counter clerk who’s being verbally abused by an older customer. Let us know how you make a difference at our Facebook page.

This is a picture of 6 kids who have commited suicide

Resources

The foundation provides literature and resource materials about tolerance. Upon request, arrangements can be made for speaking engagements.

Anti-Bullying Literature:

View the No Hate Pamphlet

Anti-Bullying Resources:

While the Tempest Smith Foundation is not affiliated with the groups you'll see below, we've found value in the materials they've prepared:

Students

Kindergarten-2nd Grade

Pacer Center:

http://www.pacerkidsagainstbullying.org

Upper Elementary/Middle School

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

http://www.stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov/index.asp

LoveOurChildrenUSA.org:

http://loveourchildrenusa.org/bullying.php

Bullying.org Canada Inc.:

http://www.bullying.org

Anti-Bullying Network:

http://www.antibullying.net/youngpeople.htm

Middle School/High School

Pacer Center's Teens Against Bullying:

http://www.pacerteensagainstbullying.org/

Teens Health from Nemours:

http://kidshealth.org/teen/school_jobs/bullying/bullies.html

Parents

Family Education Network:

http://life.familyeducation.com/bullies/safety/36372.html

About.com: Parenting of Adolescents:

http://parentingteens.about.com/cs/bullying/a/bullyproof.htm

Words Can Heal:

http://www.wordscanheal.org/

Educators

INTERVENTIONCentral.org:

http://www.jimwrightonline.com/pdfdocs/bully/bullyBooklet.pdf

Education World:

http://www.educationworld.com/a_special/bully.shtml

Miscellaneous

Kids Acoustic Guitar

MIDI Keyboard for Ableton Live