A Sioux Falls mother's story of loss is resonating with all of KELOLAND.
On Thursday Tabatha Welsh talked openly about her son, Derrick Kester, who took his own life after being bullied to the breaking point.
This story has generated some unprecedented traffic on KELOLAND.com with an outpouring of support from people to have clearly been touched by Kester’s story and his mother's heartbreak. After more than 24 hours people were still talking about it, which is rare in the world of social media.
The story is reaching more than 59,000 people through KELO-TV’s Facebook page. To put that into perspective, an average post gets about 5,000 to 7,000 views. More than 5,000 people have liked the story and nearly 300 shared it.
Some of those comments include:
"Be a friend to someone who is being bullied. If someone would have stepped in, Derrick's mother wouldn't have to planning a funeral. RIP Derek. You will be missed by your true friends & family," Teresa, who said she was a family member on Facebook.
Danielle, a parent, in the Sioux Falls School District said, “So very sad! Bullying is a huge problem within Sioux Falls school district. My kids have also been victims of bullying & I think we as parents need to take a stand. My heart is heavy for everyone involved. God Bless and RIP Derrick."