Oslo will host an anti-bully procession. Photo: Shutterstock
A 14-year-old Norwegian girl has organized a torchlight procession through the centre of Oslo to raise awareness to the suffering of victims of bullying, it was reported on Wednesday.
Villemo Hatland, who will host the event in Norway's capital city on Sunday November 16th, was herself bullied and ended up having to change schools in Norway.
Her mother, Elisabeth Hatland, who helped her daughter arrange the event, believes raising awareness of the problem will help get politicians involved to better tackle the issue.
Elisabeth said to VG: “We wish to use all the engagement around bullying that is out there now, in light of the Odin case and other cases. We will put even more pressure on the politicians to handle bullying. It is a school problem, but also a big problem in society. What happened with Odin must never happen again.”
13-year-old Odin Olsen Andersgård from Aurskog, South Norway took his life after suffering the torment of school bullies in March this year.
Together, the plucky mother and daughter team decided to do something to beat all bullies when they read about the young boy's tragic death.
The latest student research highlighted as many as 17,000 children and young people are bullied two to three times a month or more.
Minister of Education and Research in Norway, Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, said to Vårt Land on Tuesday that children who bully should be moved to other schools.
Røe Isaksen said to VG that he will participate in the torchlight procession on Sunday.
The torchlight procession will start at the Jernbanetorget Square in Oslo at 4pm on November 16th, then continue up Karl Johans gate to the Parliament building.
The mother of Odin Olsen Andersgård, Katrine Olsen Gillerdalen, said she supported the event and will take part in the procession.