KEYSER - A Keyser teen who has taken his crusade against bullying from the school system to social media and back took his plea to the Keyser City Council recently, asking the officials to sponsor more events to help keep area youths occupied with positive activities.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - A Keyser teen who has taken his crusade against bullying from the school system to social media and back took his plea to the Keyser City Council recently, asking the officials to sponsor more events to help keep area youths occupied with positive activities.
“There should be more involvement with the youths in the area; it would benefit the community and help build self-confidence in the kids,” Tyler Metcalf said.
“If we would come together as a community we could really bring about change in the schools.”
Metcalf expressed his hope that more youth-oriented activities could be planned at the city’s parks.
Mayor Damon Tillman told Metcalf the city officials would like to do more for the youths of the community, but “what keeps us from doing stuff is money.”
Tillman encouraged Metcalf to “start going to your delegate and your county commissioners” to ask for their support in finding the financing for such programs.
“They’re the ones with the power,” he said.
When Metcalf said he felt it would help if the youths of the community felt their voices were being heard, Tillman told him, “they are welcome to come in here and fill these chairs any day.”
Council member William Zacot, who is the city’s parks and recreation commissioner, told Metcalf that there are currently 14 events being planned for the coming spring, summer and fall.
“Any events you can think of … we’ll sit down and get it on the schedule,” he said. “You bring in some ideas and we’ll get rolling with it.”