Lyndsey Aust was an outgoing, jr. high cheerleader in the eighth grade at Scott Central School, when she tragically took her life March 27th.
"I wouldn't want this on my worst enemy. It's been very bad," says Lyndsey's emotional mother Holly Harrell.
Harrell believes bullying played a role in her daughter's suicide.
"She had acne on her face and she would be called pizza face, and it would hurt her feelings" said Harrell. "People can't help what they look like. Everybody needs to love one another."
Now, Harrell is on a mission to educate kids and school administrators about the consequences of bullying.
She wants to talk with students at Scott Central about the issue and how it can affect their peers.
"Respect other kids...God made us all different, and if we were all the same it would be a dull world out there" added Harrell.
Whether physical, emotional, over the Internet, or on the phone, bullying is a problem across the nation.
Bully victims are two to nine times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to a Yale University study.
The Centers for Disease control says a 2009 nationwide survey revealed about 20 percent of high school students reported being bullied while at school.
"If they have to go to a counselor, a preacher... Listen to your kids. Don't wait until this happens," said Harrell.
Scott County Schools Superintendent Bingham Moncrief says there are bullying policies in place at the state and local level. There are also two counselors at Scott Central High School for students to talk with.
Lyndsey's spirit of giving lives on after her organs were donated to help others.
It's in the same spirit that holly hopes her tragedy can help save another student from bullying.
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