From bullying to 'bullycide'

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Bullying is becoming a nationwide epidemic. And it's hit the state and River Region. Some are standing strong against bullying.

It's happening everywhere.

"You're fat, you're a whore, you're disgusting," One teen said.

Bullying in schools, and cyberspace

Some kids are taking their lives because of it. Something people are now labeling: bullycide.

"She never told me that she was being bullied," The mother of Dajia Lee said.

In Chilton county, 12-year-old Dajia Lee hung herself last week. Last year in that same county, Alex Moore jumped from an overpass. All because they were bullied.

"It is an issue. It's real and if these suicides don't show you that it's real. I don't know what will," Auburn resident Jessica Brookshire said.

Brookshire is the founder of K.A.R.M.A. which stands for Kids Against Ridicule, Meanness and Aggression.

"Don't be afraid to ask questions. Don't be afraid to go to the teachers. Don't be afraid to consult a doctor if you think that's what your child needs," Brookshire said.

She says this must stop and it will take the help of our leaders.

"How many children have to die before our legislators listen?" Brookshire questioned.

A victim herself, Jessica is now speaking to kids nationwide about the power of their words. So far she's reached 92,000.

"If you want to see every child in a school raise their hands, ask them do you think that bullying is the biggest issue that you face today, right now at this school and all of them will raise their hands," Brookshire said.

Aiming to create a safe learning environment.

"Don't be afraid to ask questions. Don't be afraid to go to the teachers. Don't be afraid to go to a doctor if you think your child needs one," Brookshire said.

Brookshire says bullying is preventable, if parents have an open line of communication with their kids.

Brookshire says she will be speaking at Dajia Lee's prayer vigil Thursday in Clanton. She says family members are still finalizing the time of that event.

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