In 2015, Caityn Nell Haynes completed suicide. She was repeatedly bullied by her peers at school and online. Food was thrown in her hair. She wasn’t allowed to sit at the school’s cafeteria table. She had chewed gum stuck on her locker and her truck. Untrue and painful rumors were spread about her. She was punched in the face, called names and told to kill herself.
1 OUT OF 4 U.S. STUDENTS REPORTS BEING BULLIED AT SCHOOL!
The core elements of bullying include: unwanted aggressive behavior; observed or perceived power imbalance; and a repetition of these behaviors or a high likelihood of repetition.
In 2015, the Haynes family formed Before You Hate, Think of Cait in honor of their daughter in the hopes that no other child or family would endure what Cait and their family dealt with. In 2016, the non-profit was renamed PEER Kindness to honor Cait and the values she lived by. We are asked often, “How can I get involved?” The very best way to get involved is to become educated on recognizing, responding and reporting bullying incidents. You can also volunteer, attend our fundraising events and share our contact information across social media platforms. Donations are always accepted.
Create a safe and inclusive environment for all.
Work in partnership with schools, businesses and community leaders, families and youth to reduce bullying and to foster a PEER stance.