Parents hold anti-bullying rally in Pikeville

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Dozens of people gathered Monday night in Pike County to rally against bullying.

Organizers of "Unite 2 Stop Bullying" said the goal of the event was to better inform people in Eastern Kentucky about the dangers of bullying.

"We're just wanting to bring awareness to our town," co-organizer Belinda Ratliff said. "People think of bullying in bigger cities, but they don't really pay attention to a small town, small schools...the affects of it."

Ratliff's son, Logan Jones, was bullied for more than two years and had to switch schools, he said.

"It was tough. It's tough on anybody being bullied," said Jones, a freshman in high school. "But I had it rough. Every day it was going on and I really couldn't handle it. It made me feel really bad about myself. Like every day I would feel like I'm not worth nothing and just feel completely bad about myself."

While a lot of effort is put into make kids aware of bullying, the event offered advice to parents, too.

"Watch your kids' grades," co-organizer Stacey Smith said. "If it's a student that wants to miss school suddenly. I check my son's text, Facebook, any apps that he has on his phone."

October is National Bullying Prevention Month.

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