Father spreads message
PAUL Stanley's words have often reduced a whole room of listeners to tears.
While it is never easy for him, Mr Stanley has chosen to tell the story of his teenage son's death in the hope that it can help prevent violence among other young people.
It has been more than two years since Matthew Stanley was killed.
He was just 15 when he attended a friend's party at Alexandra Hills in Queensland and got into an argument with another teen.
He was punched once, then kicked and less than 24 hours later he was dead.
Mr Stanley is determined that his son's senseless death not be in vain, so he has set up the Matthew Stanley Foundation and is now a proud advocate for the Queensland Government's One Punch Can Kill campaign.
As Mr Stanley told his son's story at Banora Point High School this week, many of the school's students wept.
“I look out at all of you and think maybe, just maybe, the story of Matty's death can make a difference,” Mr Stanley said.
After the presentation, scores of students approached him to offer their congratulations and thank him for his words. Many shook his hand, while others hugged him.
Teachers said they had never had a speaker so well received.
“He went through the whole thing about getting told his son had been bashed and he was not expected to live,” head teacher welfare Jenny Clancy said.
“A pin could've dropped at that moment and you would've heard it.”
The One Punch Can Kill campaign aims to prevent violence among young people and stop them from making split-second decisions that could destroy lives.
Mr Stanley said when his words move people to tears, he thinks of his son.
“It makes me very proud of Matthew”.