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Former Victim Of Bullying Offers Hope For Others

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

A one-time Topeka middle school student is offering some advice to those who have been bullied at school.

Wes Gately, now 18 and a student at Washburn University, tells the Topeka Capital-Journal that while schools have taken steps to make the hallways safer, students still have to find safe havens.

That includes reaching out to their parents and other adults, as well as friends, to get through being bullied.

A federal website says 28 percent of students in sixth through 12th grade are bullied each year.

Kansas has passed laws requiring school districts to crack down on bullying and implement response plans. Gately says schools are trying but more needs to be done and says victims must learn not to give in to bullies or respond to their actions.


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