Kelsey Jackson-Beassie says she was bullied from fourth grade all the way through 12th, eventually forcing the Brookhaven woman to change schools.
"It was behind my back, turning the whole class against me, not including me at the same lunch tables, spend the night parties...things like that. It's more psychological than, you know, physical," described Beassie.
Now 20, she travels the country talking about the signs of bullying and its effects, especially with girls. Beassie's bullying education and prevention program, "Mean Girls Aren't Cool," is a tool for girls and educators.
"I would sit in my room by myself. I'd cry myself to sleep, and I saw how bad it was affecting me and I thought, you know, there's more people going through this than me and I want them to know, hey you're going to be ok," explained Beassie.
The Hinds County School District's 5th annual Dropout Prevention Education Summit is focusing on bullying. Thursday evening's workshop was designed to empower teachers and parents to open a line of communication with students, making them feel comfortable talking about a bullying situation.
Being the victim of that behavior can effect a child's self-esteem and class work.
Hinds County Schools Superintendent Steven Handley says the district is taking a proactive approach to combat bullying.
"When children do not have to worry about someone coming up and doing something to them or taking something from them or in this day in time, groups of children through social media have gang up on someone, then they are going to do better in school," explained Handley.
For parents who have seen the signs of bullying in their kids or their children's friends, they know it can happen anywhere and at anytime.
"We talk about it and try to give support and give support to her friends. So that when she go and asks them different questions, she has something to fall back on," explained parent Ollie Stewart.
Monday, May 20 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:48:15 GMT
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.A witness told police that the four girls, ages 7, 5, 3 and 1, had been in the same dirtyMore >>
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 8:21 PM EDT2013-05-21 00:21:00 GMT
Jackson Police are investigating a homicide in west Jackson Monday after a body was discovered inside a residence on Arbor Vista Boulevard. According to Officer Colendula Green with JPD, officers haveMore >>
Jackson police have released the identity of the man found dead in a west Jackson house Monday morning.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:34 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:34:41 GMT
NOTE: Photos and videos will be added to this story later in the evening. The Walthall County Sheriffs Department along with The Humane Society of the United States are in the process of raiding a puppyMore >>
Among the dogs, many are dead, and skeletal remains were mixed with living animals in small, dark, filthy enclosures.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >>
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 5:00 PM EDT2013-05-21 21:00:58 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionMore >>
The tornado, with winds up to 200 mph, cut a 20-mile stretch as wide as two miles through the Oklahoma City metro area. The medical examiner's office reported 24 people died, including nine children. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 4:20 PM EDT2013-05-21 20:20:25 GMT
A body discovered in Clinton Saturday night has led to a homicide investigation. Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart confirms a body was discovered, although few other details are known. The bodyMore >>
Judge Steven Nixon has denied bond for the man charged in the weekend shooting death of a 21-year-old Jackson man in Clinton.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 2:26 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:26:49 GMT
Hinds County sheriff's deputies seized five pounds of marijuana and made two arrests as the result of a three-month investigation. Sheriff's office officials say the northeast Jackson investigation isMore >>
Hinds County sheriff's deputies seized five pounds of marijuana and made two arrests as the result of a three-month investigation.More >>
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department. More >>
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 12:10 PM EDT2013-05-20 16:10:06 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Arlington High School senior Taylor Flake thought she was making history when her classmates elected her to be the school's first African-American class president. "It's more than just me representingMore >>
Arlington High School senior Taylor Flake thought she was making history when her classmates elected her to be the school's first African-American class president.
So when the school started planning for the commencement, Flake said she was shocked to find out that she was not among those chosen to speak.More >>
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