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Community talks about bullying after student commits suicide

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A community is still hoping to heal after a Rothschild Middle School student took his life because of bullies last month.  On Monday, School was out for a furlough day but young people and parents in Columbus used the day to speak out against bullying.

People  from all over the city came to the Columbus Public Library to spread the word...bullying must stop.

"I don't think anyone should be afraid to ask for help.  That was one of my issues. I was afraid because I felt like if I did ask for help it would get worse," said D'ambra Renee.  The 20-year-old was depressed while being bullied in school.  Now she  focuses her energy on singing.  She's using her tough experience to encourage others.  "Don't let anyone deter you from your dreams.  Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something or that you're too ugly to do anything because if you put your mind to it you can do anything."

Mothers at the rally said not enough is  being done by school staff.  They pleaded with students to tell their teachers and parents.  "You have to report it.  Once you report it, keep reporting it," said Sonya Vasquez.

Monica Brewer's daughter attempted suicide after several bullying incidents. "And to the family of Devin, when I heard about what happened at Rothschild it angered me so bad because I knew the same thing was happening to my child," said Brewer.

Devin brown committed suicide last month.  Though the school claims no one reported it, Devin's family says they knew he was dealing with bullies, but the boy was afraid for them to intervene at school.

His father held back tears in the midst of so many students working to make things better...but for Devin it is too late.  Local teen artists Y.N.C.K and Fates Fortune partnered for the anti-bullying rallies as a way to give back, after they saw and experienced bullying themselves.  Another rally will be held in August before school starts back. 

Brandice Hudson

Brandice Hudson is a weekend anchor and digital journalist for WRBL News 3. She comes to Columbus from sunny West Palm Beach, Fla. More>>

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