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‘Reid’s Story’ coming here Oct. 11: Family’s grief over teen’s suicide, becomes campaign for kindness

ADLER FAMILY — Joni and Mark Adler with their children, l.-r., Jade, Kamille and Reid, taken before Reid’s death in 2016.

Mark and Joni Adler, former area residents, will be returning to Boone County next Thursday, Oct. 11, to tell a poignant story about the impact of cyber bullying that resulted in the suicide of their 15-year-old son, Reid.
The Adlers will present “Reid’s Story” to middle school and high school students, as well as the public, at the Boone Central High School Gym at 10 a.m. next Thursday.
They will talk about their journey, during which their son Reid shared with them that he had suicidal thoughts, and up to Jan. 7, 2016, when Reid took his own life, changing the lives of many forever.
Reid was the victim of intimidation and cyber bullying, a situation his parents knew nothing about until after his passing.
Mark and Joni will challenge students to stand up for each other and not allow any type of bullying or inappropriate treatment betweeen students.
Their final focus will be on using courage and leadership as tools in spreading hope and kindness to everyone students encounter. They say that Reid exemplified this approach in his daily life.

Read the complete story in the Oct. 3 Albion News & Petersburg Press, Print and E-Editions.