Ryan White’s mom speaks at Children’s Museum about how to stop bullying

Ryan White (WISH Photo)
Ryan White (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Elementary and middle school students had a chance to learn about bullying and how to stop it on Monday.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is hosted a bullying prevention summit, with several special guests including Ryan White’s mother and best friend.

Fifth through 8th graders will have the chance learn what they can do to if they’re being bullied or if they witness bullying.

Ryan White was just 13 years old in the 1980’s when he was diagnosed with AIDS. White had hemophilia and contracted HIV through a tainted blood treatment. White died at just 18 years old at Riley Hospital for Children.

White’s family has been very outspoken about the bullying they faced, as they dealt with his diagnosis and his battle to attend school.

He faced a lot of obstacles. He faced discrimination, he faced fear and panic and he saw what it was like when kids were bullied and discriminated against,” said Jeanne White-Ginder, White’s mother.

She’s hoping people can learn from her son and are inspired to do what they can to stop bullying.

“If you see somebody being made fun of, you know say something. Don’t let that, don’t let them. Stop it. If everyone starts stopping it then it will stop, so I think kids need to make an effort not to be afraid and say, oh cut it out. Leave him alone,” said White-Ginder.

Children also heard from a local bullying expert, Travis Brown. The speakers will offer children real solutions they can use if they’re being bullied or if they witness bullying.

Monday’s summit was not open to the public, but White-Ginder will give special presentations inside the Ryan White exhibit at the museum Tuesday and Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.