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By Ryan Houston - bio | email

ALBANY,  GA (WALB) – In most of Southwest Georgia, kids are back in school. It's a time of learning, making new friends, and fun for most students. But with school being in session that means bullies could be back as well.

Being picked on, made fun of, and teasing; are all considered forms of bullying. School officials say kids give off verbal and nonverbal signs that something is wrong at school.

Things like a constant aversion to school, a special dislike for another student or being really withdrawn are warning signs.

Kids can be picked on for many reasons. "I used to be fat. And people used to call me fat. And it made me feel bad," said 10th Grader Edrion Williams. 

"Well it was because, I had less than everybody else. I didn't have as much as they did and they talked about my clothes," said Senior Elisa Bell-Hudson. 

And going through that kind of teasing can make kids not want to go too class. "It really made me not want to go, to be honest. Because I didn't want to get picked on, and everybody talking about 'come here fat boy, you hungry?'" said Williams.

"It made me fight. I mean, I stayed in more fights than anybody I know," said Hudson.  Bullying can happen anywhere.

Maybe when your child goes to the library and checks out a book or getting on the school bus. "Our bullying policy is a zero tolerance," said Principal Luke Bowers. He works at Sherwood Christian Academy where they hold students accountable on and off campus. 

"If we find out, whether it be through Facebook or texting, there will be consequences," said Bowers. But even if that's the case, there's no sure way to stop it once and for all.

"Obviously our teachers are trained in looking out for bullying signs. Like if the student is with- drawn, or we see intimidation," said Bowers. 

On the other hand students sometime turn that negative energy into positive."I started doing sports, and I got smaller and a little cut and stuff. Now I don't really get picked on," said Williams. 

"I wanted to be a judge when I was 7 years old. But when I started getting bullied and I started coming to school, that really made me want to be a judge." 

Another warning sign is if your child claims to be sick more than normal.

Last week the Department of Education held its first Anti Bullying summit in Washington. The mission was to put together a strategy to reduce or end bullying altogether.

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