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Students Speak Up About Bullying

LAS VEGAS -- More and more stories are coming to light about bullying taking place in school and online. In some cases, the attacks are so damaging, it can lead to violence, or even suicide.

Unfortunately students say bullying often goes on for a while. And those who have been bullied want others to be aware of the damages it can do. Twelve-year-old Searinna Olivas was picked on for about a week before she spoke up.

"I see it more often because no one is telling nobody," said Searinna Olivas, a victim of being bullied. The bullying stopped for her but other students are forced to take more drastic measures.

"It makes you really sad and makes you feel like what people say about you is true," said Kelly Walker, a victim of being bullied.

Fifteen-year-old Kelly Walker is in 9th grade and was also tormented by classmates. Things got so bad she had to transfer to a different school.

"It makes you feel like you're a worse person than you actually are. It makes you rethink whether or not you've done things right in your life," she said.

Both girls say bullying is getting worse in schools and students need to speak up.

"They need to open up and tell their parents," said Olivas.

Bullying is a topic Eric Nidiffer with Youth Choices knows about all too well. "Educating, equipping and empowering students to make better choices," said Nidiffer.

The group is working with the Clark County School District to teach students and teachers how to deal with several problems, including bullying.

"You can stop it long before it gets to the point to where they are so depressed and beat down and hopeless take their own lives," Nidiffer said.

He says there are several signs of a student who is being bullied. 

"A lot of times they don't want to go to school. Their grades start to drop and they become  apprehensive about doing events outside of the home."

Students who've faced the problem head-on have their own advice to encourage others to come forward.

"Know yourself that you don't have to listen to them," said Olivas.

"If you see someone being bullied imagine if that student was not here or the worse case scenario happened," said Walker.

Youth experts say one of the biggest keys to stopping the bullying process is for parents to get more involved, even if that means asking the tough questions.