Ga. woman shares bullying story with Montgomery leaders

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Jessica Brookshire told the audience of educators and community leaders how the verbal and emotional bullying she received in high school made her feel ugly and worthless, a shocking revelation to Montgomery County School Board President Charlotte Meadows.

"The fact that she is beautiful and she felt ugly. That is unbelievable," said Meadows.

Brookshire went on to graduate from Auburn University, earned her Master's and started K.A.R.M.A. which stands for kids against ridicule, meanness and aggression.

Brookshire now travels the country delivering a message that's simple and direct; stop the madness of bullying.

"If your child is bullying don't stick your head in the sand and pretend it isn't happening. Admitting it means you can fix it. I would also watch what they're watching on television," Brookshire said.

The Character at Heart breakfast had a number of elementary school principals, some of whom have requested Brookshire to come speak at their school.

"Now we have cyber-bullying and it's so real," said Pam Morgan, Executive Director of Character at Heart.

By her own admission Meadows gets the sense more needs to be done to combat bullying in the county public school system.

"That's the one thing we can focus on and continue to support is Character at Heart," said Meadows.

11 years ago the Alabama legislature mandated that all public schools in Alabama spend 10 minutes a day learning something about character such as respect and kindness.

If you are a child being bullied experts say tell someone who can help. That can be a parent, teacher or friend.

Just last week a Clanton Middle School student took her own life because she reportedly had been bullied. Daija Lee was only 12 years old. Family and friends are holding a candlelight vigil tonight at 7:30 at Goose Pond Park on 7th Street in Clanton.

Brookshire says she's been invited to speak at the vigil.

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