Posted: 11:00 p.m.
Miss Yuma County, Ashley Vicks, and the Salvation Army teamed up Saturday morning for a march to spread their message to stop bullying.
"All of that chips away at people's lives. And sometimes it takes them years and years to recover; and then really, do they ever fully recover?" said Randy Hartt, Yuma County coordinator at the Salvation Army.
Vicks and Hartt said bullying is a very real problem experienced in all groups.
Those who bully tend to pick on others who they perceive as being weak or different.
"We have seen on TV so many kids whose lives have been ruined by it," added Hartt.
Vicks said she was bullied growing up, and even up until recently; it is why she decided to speak out and help others.
"I'm biracial. My dad is African-American and my mom is Caucasian," Vicks said of why she has been bullied. "And I was teased. My nickname was Michael Jackson in school because I don't look black. And it was just a bunch of dumb stuff like that. I was recently cyber bullied after I won Miss Yuma County."
This abuse takes on many forms: bullying from behind a screen to bullying at schools.
Organizers said it will take the whole community to bring attention to this problem and to speak out against it.
"We want to stamp out bullying--cyber bulling, bullying at school, discrimination of any kind. We want to stamp it out, and that's what we're here to do," Hartt said.
This is not the first anti-bullying rally Vicks has organized. She hopes to host another one in June.