Local girl spreads positive message through new book, "Say No to Bullying"

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

HEPHZIBAH, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Bullying affects students across the country, including right here at home. But some people use that pain to make a difference, and that's exactly what Aubrey Palmer and Janessa Hankerson are doing now.

Good friends like these two are hard to come by. One year ago Aubrey spoke up for her friend when she was getting bullied in school.

"I don't like people getting bullied and it just hurts my feelings that they can't defend themselves for it, so I told her mother," Aubrey told us.

At the time, Janessa says she was too scared to stand up to her bullies

"They would call me names and say that I was too tall, and this girl wanted to fight me because I brought a bookbag to school," Janessa said.

Now she's speaking out through her writing a book, "Say No to Bullying".

"We had the idea of writing it out just so we can help other students can overcome the very thing that she was going through," Janessa's mom Laney said.

The book tells her story and shares a message all of us could use from time to time.

"If you don't tell anybody about what's going on, that will make it even worse than it already is."