Candlelight vigil held for Toni Rivers

A large group of concerned individuals attended a candlelight vigil held at the Wade Hampton High football field Nov. 5 in memory of 11-year-old Hampton Elementary student Toni Rivers who reportedly took her own life recently after allegedly being bullied by a fellow classmate. In light of the tragic loss of life, community members have rallied together to combat bullying in area schools. Pictured are residents and members of the Beaufort, S.C. chapter of an anti-bullying motorcycle club known as Bikers Against Bullying, who came out to support the family and the anti-bullying cause. As well as promoting anti-bullying campaigns and education, family members of Rivers say they will meet with state lawmakers soon in hopes of drafting new, more stringent anti-bullying laws in memory of the young girl; the family hopes to call any new legislation “Toni’s Law.”