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WEB EXCLUSIVE: KY communities saying no to bullying

WEBSTER CO., KY (WFIE) - A meeting at Sebree Elementary School draws a crowd from Henderson, Hopkinsville, and Madisonville Wednesday night.  All the communities are dealing with bullying in their schools, much like other schools nationwide.

Experts say every day more than 100,000 kids stay home from school because they don't want to be bullied.

Now, our local schools are saying no more.

Kids will be kids, so they say, but ask 14-year-old Heather Kelsey what it's like to be in the 8th grade.

"They just called me some not nice names and it was just not fun," said Kelsey who attends Sebree Elementary.

Bullying started about a month ago for Kelsey.

She and her mom went to the meeting at Sebree Elementary School to learn how to prevent it.

"It's a huge problem, and it's not getting any better. Kids are literally bullying each other to death," said Webster County Mentoring Coordinator Pat Hammack.

Hammack is with the Kentucky Delta Rural Project. She has talked about bullying and sexting in more than 30 schools this year.

"Parents always say there's always been bullying and that's true, there has been on the playground. The kid gets punched, but it's usually over at the end of the day. When we have the internet and cell phones, it doesn't stop," said Hammack.

Hammack says with Facebook, Twitter and text messages, it's a different world.

And still, many children don't tell anyone they are being bullied because they're embarrassed.

"It is a situation that we all need to face, that we need to learn about, and that we need to prevent," said Sebree Elementary School Principal Aaron Collins.

"If your kid suddenly doesn't want to ride the school bus, why is that? If they had ten friends last week and none this week, something is going on," said Hammack.

Kelsey's mom says it breaks your heart when you're kid comes home sad. She's working with the school to stop the bullying for her daughter. She's glad the community is now focusing on the issue.

"This is a great thing for our community and I hope a lot of people learn from it," said Melanie Kelsey.

If you think bullying is going on in your child's school and don't know where to go to get help, you can contact, Pat Hammack at 270-635-0758 or Pathammack@connectgradd.net.

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