Superheroes Help Stomp Out Bullying With Halstead’s Ross Ellis
September 20th, 2014
Superhero greats like Captain America and Spider Man are here to fight the battle of their lives against the meanest villain of all – bullies.
As of 2014, 1 out of 4 teens are victims of bullying and for every 7 minutes that goes by, a child is bullied on the playground. It is a cause that is near and dear to everyone’s hearts, even Hulk Hogan and Legendary Star-Lord were once afflicted by menacing acts of injustices known as bullying that today, affects millions of students across the country. Needless to say the nationwide fight to end bullying is of the utmost importance, and in support of this universal goal we are proud to share news of another great achievement for our award-winning agent and founder of STOMP Out Bullying, Ross Ellis.
Multiple award-winning non-profit STOMP, the nation’s leading anti-bullying and cyber bullying prevention organization for kids and teens in America and has joined forces with Marvel Comics to spread awareness for the growing epidemic during October, National Bullying Prevention Month. STOMP’s partnership with Walt Disney subsidiary Marvel Comics, one of the world’s leading character-based entertainment companies, will feature a month-long campaign of special edition magazine covers featuring custom designed images that “send a clear message about how our heroes feel about bullying in all its forms.”
Avid superhero comics and kids of all ages may be surprised to learn that Spider Man formerly went by the name of “Punky Parker,” a moniker gifted to him by his snickering teenage classmates before he was able to courageously leap tall buildings in a single bound, and he was not alone. Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief of Marvel Comics states that “the center of Marvel’s storytelling history is the eternal struggle between good and evil, with many of its greatest super heroes having to contend with – and rise above – bullying, in all its forms,” and as STOMP Out Bullying president Ross Ellis said in an interview with, “many comic book superheroes, and particularly those in the Marvel universe, were victims of bullying, felt isolated, and were ridiculed and shunned as kids and teens.” Ellis went on to explain that a team of the most talented artists at Marvel Comics successfully created an arsenal of emotionally charged magazine covers in partnership to spread awareness that October is National Bullying Prevention Month and to,
“convey the message that no matter who you are, you can be a superhero in your own right by standing up and taking action by joining the fight to eradicate the bullying and cyberbullying epidemic.”
In making strides to eradicate the evil perils of bullying, Captain America will grace one cover in a scene that depicts a heroic intervention during a locker-room brawl to represent clear, physical forms of bullying. We are also reminded by Ellis that “bullying transcends all boundaries,” and some of the most cruel and hurtful acts of injustices come in very subtle forms which Marvel demonstrates through another cover that stars Gamora of the Guardians of the Galaxy who befriends a child that is sitting alone on the sidelines watching peers play a joyful game of soccer. While in another, her teammates Rocket Raccoon and Groot join a boy who has been exiled to his own table in the school cafeteria reflecting a scenario that is all too common today, one where it is evident that although “physical bullying results in bumps and bruises, the psychological effects are what really stick with you.”
Additionally, in 2008 STOMP successfully orchestrated the first ever Blue Shirt Day® World Day of Bullying Prevention that enlists kids, teens and adults across the nation to come together and unify in solidarity against bullying. However most importantly, after a month of being in the spotlight hopefully America’s greatest superheroes will have ingrained in our minds that “the power of standing up for others, for being a friend, for having empathy, for being kind to others, for being tolerant, and for having understanding,” is the greatest gift of all.
The Halstead Property family is proud to acknowledge Ross’ commendable humility and generosity and praises Ross for demonstrating such amazing commitment to an even more worthy cause. Not only an award-winning and accomplished agent, among being named one of the Top-Rated Nonprofits for 2012 and 2013 by GreatNonprofits and a top charity by Conscious Magazine, Ross has been honored as 1 of 3 recipients of the Longines Town & Country Award for Women Who Make A Difference. We’re further elated to help spread news that under her direction, STOMP Out Bullying has helped over 8,900 students and has saved an incredible 114 lives over the course of just last year. It’s important to note that albeit such inspiring progress, these numbers are consistently changing on a daily basis thus requiring ongoing continued support from individuals and organizations alike.
Click here to read the entire interview with Ross Ellis on TODAY, and preview the exciting line-up of Marvel Comic magazine covers here.
Visit STOMPoutbullying.org to learn more about how you make a difference by getting involved today, and follow STOMP on Facebook and Twitter for continued updates.
Connect with Ross directly and contact her over email at rellis@agent website to learn more.or visit her