Former Pine Bluff teen honored in state Senate

LITTLE ROCK – Legacy Paris, who last year brought awareness of the issue of bullying to the city of Pine Bluff, was honored by the Arkansas Senate on Thursday.

The 14-year-old former bullying victim, who now lives in Fort Worth, Texas, was presented a Senate Resolution commending her for her work in helping students who are victims of bullying and for bringing awareness of the issue to the city’s mayor and council.

Because of her work, the city council participated in International Stand Up to Bullying Day on March 2012.

Sen. Stephanie Flowers, D-Pine Bluff, presented a copy of the resolution to Paris on the floor of the state Senate. The teenager was accompanied by her father, Gary Paris, of Fort Worth, her grandmother, Gwen Terry of Pine Bluff, and her aunt, Georgette Wiley of Pine Bluff.

Paris, who spoke briefly to the Senate, said she was surprised by the attention she received.

“I just want to help other people that have no say,” she said, adding that making people aware of bullying is key to stopping the problem.”

Along with getting the city council to recognize International Stand Up to Bullying Day, Paris, who attended St. Joseph School last year in Pine Bluff, also spoke about bullying at several elementary schools and to civic groups in the city last year.

“The Senate proudly commends and congratulates Legacy Paris for her contributions to helping students who are victims of bullying and for her bringing awareness to the problem of bullying to the citizens of Pine Bluff and the state of Arkansas,” Flowers said in reading the resolution.