Jackson County mom fights to end bullying in schools

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RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. (WOWK) – One Jackson County mom is making it her mission to rally the troops and put an end to bullying in the school system.

Kimberly Morris has personally been impacted by bullying. Her 15-year-old son had to be pulled from school because it got so bad.

“And come March of 6th grade, I’m in my house and I hear him screaming coming down the road and I’m like, ‘that sounds like my son,’ and I open the door and there he is with his eyes swollen, he could barely see, blood was coming out of his nose,” said Kimberly.

Kimberly’s son had been beat up by school bullies while getting off the bus to go home.

After hearing the news of three reported teen suicides in Jackson County, that’s when she decided to do something – launching the “Communities Against Bullying” group on Facebook.

On top of holding down a full-time job and homeschooling her son, she’s been working hard to get the word out to educators, state legislators and even writing a letter to the White House.

“I want to make it very clear, I don’t want this to be a in-your-face-pointing-fingers-telling teachers/administration-off or anything like that. I think the time is now for everyone to come together and say, ‘okay we have a problem,'” said Kimberly.

The group will have their first meeting on Monday, May 6th, 2019 at 6:30pm held at the Jackson County Public Library in Ripley, WV.

Speakers at the meeting will include a licensed therapist, school resource officer, school counselor and WV House Delegate, Joshua Higginbotham (R-Putnam).

Others in attendance will be Sen. Shelley Moore Capito along with WV House Delegate Steve Westfall (R-Jackson) and other educators and parents.

For more questions or ways to support, contact Group Founder, Kimberly Morris at (304) 932-5522, kimberly.a.morris37@gmail.com.

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