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Mother calls for awareness after bullied daughter threatens suicide

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

For two years Sonnie Hopper's daughter walked the hallways of Eddy Middle School with little to no problems. It wasn't until 8th grade that things took a dramatic turn for the worse.

"She had been bullied up there at the school physically. At one time the boy pushed her against the locker," Hopper said.

Hopper says her daughter came to her with the problem and even told her teacher. The alleged bully was put on a different schedule than Hopper's daughter, but she says that wasn't enough to stop her daughter's constant torment.

"It just pushed her, it just kept pushing her and pushing her. So she wrote a note to a little girl I guess in her class and told the girl that she wanted to kill herself," she said.

Administrators at Eddy Middle School called Hopper immediately. She was told to take her daughter to get professional help.

Melvin Blackwell, the Chief of Student Services for the School District says that parents need to communicate with their children often and work with school administrators.

"When parents detect these things in their homes they need to talk to their children to be sure of what is going on, and if that it is an act of bullying then please report that to school officials," Blackwell said.

Blackwell would not comment on Hopper's case specifically but did tell us that there are several preventative training programs that are required by students, faculty, and staff throughout Muscogee County.

While Hopper believes that more could have been done to prevent her daughter from reaching a breaking point, she is calling on parents and students to be proactive and make their concerns known.

"Children need to know that if they are being bullied they need to know that they can come to their parents and tell their parents so they can get to the bottom of it," Hopper said.

If you or your children have experienced problems with bulling then you should reach out to school officials.

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