Friends and Family hold AntiBullying Rally for Princeville Student, Noah Guzman

Next they plan to speak with school leaders at the next school board meeting
Guzman was granted an emergency order of protection in December against the two students that...
Guzman was granted an emergency order of protection in December against the two students that he claims took the photos. A Peoria County judge ordered the two students to stay at least 25 feet away from him.(WEEK)
Published: Jan. 21, 2023 at 4:42 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - Dozens came out to Steven Square Park to speak up for 18-year-old Noah Guzman and against antibully.

As we first reported to you this past week, court documents show, a couple of students took inappropriate pictures of Guzman, who is autistic, while in the school’s bathroom, shared them, and posted the pics on social media.

Guzman shares with 25News, the school’s policy required all students to keep their cell phones in their lockers and one thing they are demanding from school leaders is a stricter phone policy.

He says watching this all play out is heartbreaking, “honestly right now I really hate what’s happening so I’m going to keep going to the school board meetings and keep fighting for what is right. I’m really sick and tired of the way our administration is handling the situation because I feel like they are trying to take away our voice. I feel like they are trying to silence us and I’m tired of that.”

Saturday’s rally was organized by two of Guzman’s longtime friends and classmates who say they feel like they have to speak up for him to stand up to the bullies.

”As someone who’s been bullied before, it’s great to have someone who can be there for them and have a voice,” says Olivia Tracy, one of the co-organizers of the anti-bullying rally.

“No matter what we should all stand up for what we think is right even though it is a small school, and we might not be able to make that huge of a difference but if we all join together, I feel like we can accomplish so much,” explains Emma Stutzman, the co-organizer of Saturday’s rally for Guzman.

Next the students plan to attend the school board meeting again in early February to make sure their demands are heard.

Guzman was granted an emergency order of protection in December against the two students that he claims took the photos. A Peoria County judge ordered the two students to stay at least 25 feet away from him.

25News will continue to keep you updated as this story unfolds.