Lewisville memorial honors anti-bullying advocate

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Posted on September 22, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 22 at 10:34 PM

LEWISVILLE — Hundreds of people paused to honor a fierce advocate against bullying on Saturday.

Debbie Lance, 36,  turned her son's tragic death into a campaign to help others.

Friends remembered Lance as a woman who was deeply loved. She lost her son, Montana, when he committed suicide in his elementary school bathroom.

Since the tragedy, Lance had actively raised awareness of anti-bullying efforts. But family friend Kelly Lott said she did not take pleasure in her accomplishments.

"Instead, she sometimes felt overwhelmed by the mere thought of a child she may be unable to help," Lott said.

Debbie Lance died after a long battle with a chronic disease that weakened her heart.

Lance and her husband are suing the Lewisville ISD claiming their son was bullied and officials ignored their pleas for help.

The district denies the claim.

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