10/04/2010 05:50 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Ty Smalley Death Causes Father Kirk To Lead Fight Against Bullying (VIDEO)

Since 11-year-old Ty Smalley committed suicide in May, his father Kirk Smalley has vowed to fight bullying every chance he gets.

"I have a pretty big purpose in life right now," Kirk Smalley says. "I'm not going to stop. I'll fight bullying wherever it's found. Schools. Workplace. I'm not going to quit until bullying does."

The younger Smalley killed himself after being suspended by his middle school in Oklahama for standing up to a bully.

Kirk pointed out in an interview with CNN (watch the full report below) that the bully can pick his time, but then a ruckus can take place, and the retaliator is typically the one who gets in trouble.

"He had been picked on pretty frequently," Kirk Smalley told CNN. "He was getting called names, and Ty was always pretty small for his age. He'd get shoved, pushed here and there."

The child finally stood up for himself, and fought back, but after he was suspended, Kirk says his son felt helpless and made the decision to end his life.