BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — A west Michigan man is taking a unique approach to combat bullying and gun violence in the form of a crawl campaign.
The community activist is trying to make a statement on his hands and knees, going over 16 miles west from Battle Creek toward downtown Galesburg near Kalamazoo in an effort to honor of two local men killed by gun violence.
When it comes to standing up to bullies, Bobby Holley is willing to put his words into action.
"I have my knee pads and I have my hand pads and that is where I get to where I get to,” Holley said.
The father of two plans to use his hands and knees to put an end to bullying and gun violence in what he calls a crawl campaign, stretching from Battle Creek through Augusta and ending in Galesburg.
"It's going to grab attention. You haven't seen anyone before crawling on his hands and knees begging for the violence to stop, begging for the bullying to stop,” Holley said.
At 10 a.m. Monday morning, the Battle Creek substitute teacher will crawl to Galesburg in honor of his late friend Frank Zanetti and the recent shooting death of his late friend's grandson Joseph Bowser II.
"Very tragic, terrible situation that happened to one of my family friends. Young man who just started out in life going to WMU, a great sports player and somebody took his life,” Holley said.
And while it’s an anti-bullying campaign most have never seen before, he is convinced this is for the right reason.
"The family member who is my best friend’s grandson, and he loved him so much. That touched my heart,” Holley said.
This unusual approach is sure to turn heads and produce a workable solution, Holley said.
"It's hard and it's a lot of agony, it takes a lot of time but I'm strong willed,” Holley said.
Holley says he will take short breaks along the way and that he suspects he will arrive in Galesburg sometime Tuesday afternoon. He encourages members of the community to join him, even if they walk.