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Local School Looks To Raise Awareness on Bullying Prevention


Bonnie Steele looks through family photos of her son, Brandon Hawhee. 

"Its the things I'll always treasure in my heart," said Steele.

The mother says her son took his own life after being bullied on social media web sites at Howell High School.

"Anything that he was feeling, his depression, if he was bullied, he wouldn't let anyone know, he didn't let anyone know," said Steele.

She says people knew it was happening, but they didn't say anything.

"Teenagers are not talking to their parents, their teachers their counselors, its their peer group," said Steele.

Now Howell High school is looking to prevent another suicide like Brandon's by spreading awareness on the issue of bullying.

"Anytime a student takes their own life it is absolute a tragedy," said Ron Wilson, superintendent at Howell Public Schools.

Both Wilson and Steele are looking to start an initiative with students to spread the word.

"Administrators can talk about the issues of depression and suicide but to hear it from their own peer group is something we think will be real valuable," said Wilson.

For Bonnie, nothing will replace the hole in her heart, but she will continue to fight, in hopes that it may encourage someone to speak up.  

Your voice alone could be the one that could potentially save a life," said Steele.

For more information on bullying prevention month, visit stopbullying.gov

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