FRIDAY, Nov. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Jamie Isaacs was just 8 years old when the bullying first started.
"Someone I thought was my best friend started teasing me, and she recruited more and more girls," said Isaccs, who's now 16. "By fifth grade, it was up to seven girls at school, and then it grew into cyberbullying." She said that the cyberbullying even included online death-threat messages.
Despite repeated efforts by her parents to get the school to act, nothing was done, Jamie said. Her parents offered to transfer her to a private school, but Jamie said no.
"I didn't want the bullies to think they'd won," she said.
When she started junior high, the bullies started an "I hate Jamie club." Kids repeatedly stole and destroyed her belongings from her locker and the classroom. People would shout things at her, and sometimes it was people she didn't even know.
Eventually, Jamie and her parents felt it was no longer safe for her to go to that school so she started eighth grade at a small, private school with a more family-like environment.
Jamie said that before she left public school, she was in the office almost every day. "The school's attitude was, 'Let kids be kids,'" she said. "They also told us that because there were too many kids involved, they couldn't do anything. At one point, they even accused me of lying and gave me a day of in-school suspension."
Leaving the school didn't stop the bullying, however. The bullies soon discovered that Jamie's younger brother was now in the school, and they directed their harassing behavior at him. Again, inaction on the school's part led the family to pull her brother out of the school, too.
Jamie said the whole situation was frustrating, and it certainly made her angry at the time. "I wouldn't say that we're angry any more," she said. "I feel like it happened for a reason."
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