Dun­dalk mom at­tempts to end bul­ly­ing with art

The Dundalk Eagle - - NEWS - By CHAR­LENE MAYO cmayo@ches­pub.com Fol­low me on Twit­ter @Char_DEa­gle

Last year, Kris­ten Jones found out her son, who was in the fifth grade, was get­ting bul­lied by his peers in one of Dun­dalk Ele­men­tary School’s bath­rooms.

“When it hap­pened, I was up­set about it. I was mad; I was angry,” Jones ex­plained, “I had so much en­ergy about it; I knew I wanted to re­use it.”

“Ei­ther in a pos­i­tive way or a nega­tive way,” she noted.

Ac­cord­ing to Jones, the only thing she could think of was to paint.

“I paint things, and I thought maybe I could cre­ate some­thing that could pos­si­bly change some­body’s day,” Jones said.

Be­fore go­ing to Dun­dalk Ele­men­tary, Jones asked her son if he ap­proved of her ideas to paint mes­sages at his school.

“I didn’t want to em­bar­rass him, but he loved the idea,” Jones said.

After re­ceiv­ing her son’s bless­ing, Jones con­tacted the prin­ci­pal of Dun­dalk El­e­men­tar y.

“I asked if I could paint pos­i­tive quotes in all of the bath­rooms, start­ing with the one my son was bul­lied in,” Jones said. He ap­proved.

All through­out Dun­dalk Ele­men­tary’s boys and girls re­strooms, quotes like, “Spread Love,” “You got this,” “We RISE by lift­ing oth­ers,” and “Spread LOVE NOT hate,” stand out col­or­fully.

Ac­cord­ing to Jones, she has re­ceived a lot of pos­i­tive feed­back.

“Every­body loves it, and the kids like hav­ing paint­ings in the bath­rooms,” Jones ex­plained, “Be­fore they just had plain walls.”

Ac­cord­ing to Jones, her son, who is now in the sixth grade, hasn’t ex­pe­ri­enced any more bul­ly­ing.

“He loves mid­dle school,” she noted.

Jones has a younger son who still at­tends Dun­dalk El­e­men­tar y.

“He hasn’t ex­pe­ri­enced any bul­ly­ing ei­ther,” Jones said.

Ac­cord­ing to Jones, she plans on paint­ing the bath­room walls at all her chil­dren’s school as they get older.

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Kris­ten Jones paint­ing Dun­dalk Ele­men­tary School.

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Stu­dents no longer have plain bath­room walls.

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