Special ride in Beavercreek memorializes 13-year-old who committed suicide due to bullying
BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - A special ride brought huge crowds to Beavercreek Sunday as they took to the streets in memory of Paul Hauan.
Paul was a Riverside teen who took his own like in 2012 after begin bullied. He was just 13 years old.
Lisa Kiser, Paul's mother, told FOX 45 he was bullied at school, on the bus and on Facebook.
"This bullying thing and kids committing suicide because of it is becoming very popular," she said, "and hopefully we can let kids know, and anyone know, that there's hope and not to give up."
The ride didn't just honor Paul, it also helped to raise money for two local charities that fund anti-bullying education in schools and community awareness campaign: 'For the Love of Children' and 'New Beginnings for You'.
"I think it touches everyone," event organizer Sheri Rogers said. "We've all either been picked on or bullied in some manner and, you know, some people are even guilty of bullying and change their ways."
"I just want him to know he's not forgotten," Kiser said, "and we won't forget, and I don't want any other parents to go through what I go through."
For more information about this year's ride, you can check out their Facebook page here. Stay tuned and keep checking social media for the latest on next year's ride.