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Choctaw students lead anti-bullying campaign
The problem of bullying is not going away. That's the message from some Choctawhatchee High School students, who just made a video to raise awareness.
They said for many of them, the subject is personal.
When some students here at Choctawhatchee High School were asked if they'd ever been bullied, these were just a few of the answers they gave.
This is the second year that students from Choctaw's Leadership class have papered the halls with anti-bullying signs.
This time, they made a video as part of their awareness push.
"I just hope everybody sees it and realizes that it is still going on," said senior Jacklyn Henley.
Skylar Berry is healing now, with help from friends and teachers. She says a so-called friend bullied her by spreading rumors and lies.
"I was getting calls from my friends saying someone just called me saying not to trust you cause you're a liar and a manipulator."
The pain is still raw.
Skylar says she started falling asleep in class, skipping school, and suffering from depression.
Resource Officer Tom Henry says with increasing awareness, more students are asking him for help when they're bullied.
Jacklyn Henley says projects like the video are important, because some bullies don't realize the harm they're causing.
"They've been damaged, so they're just going to damage you right back. It's not really like I'm going to sit here, I'm going to make fun of this other person, it's more like a defense mechanism of their own," Jacklyn said.
Now that this video is finished, the class is putting the finishing touches on a second project - a "Mockumentary" about a student who's bullied and the effect on that person's life.