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The friends of a 15-year-old girl who committed suicide after allegedly being tormented at school are working to end bullying once and for all.
Valerie Carlson was bullied at Mercer County High school for her looks, personality and the fact she was gay, her friends told the Dispatch-Argus. She also struggled with self-harm.
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On March 28, the freshman was at school when a male classmate allegedly yelled at her: 'You're worthless. The world would be better off without you. Kill yourself!'
The girl's mother, Bridget Carlson, returned home later that day to find her freshman daughter dead.
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Now Valerie's friends have formed a group called the Anti-Bullying Community, and they're working to get a bill passed that would create real repercussions for students who are caught bullying.
Late last month, Valerie's mom and the group met with staff from U.S. Rep. Chris Bustos' office to propose 'Valerie's Law'.
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Under the proposed law, students caught bullying would face a three strike system.
The first strike is a meeting with a guidance counselor and parental notification. The second strike is detention or an in-school suspension. The third strike is an out-of-school suspension and/or a criminal misdemeanor charge.
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Susan Curran, a spokeswoman for Rep. Bustos, said Monday: 'We are aware of the situation, and our staff had a meeting with them and are continuing to look into the situation. However, we’re not ready to comment until we gather additional information.'
Valerie's mother also spoke to Sen. Weaver's office.
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Sen. Weaver said Tuesday: 'We are deeply saddened by the suicide of young Valerie Carlson, whose future was cut short. The efforts of her friends to pass an anti-bullying law are admirable and a testament to their deep feelings for Valerie.
'These young people are to be commended for working to understand all the factors and pressures in Valerie’s...
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