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Bullying seminar held nearly one month after Lakeland teen suicide

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Rebecca Sedwick comitted suicide after being bullied Rebecca Sedwick comitted suicide after being bullied

Bullying is everywhere.

It’s in school hallways and even online.

It's the hope of a group of therapists and educators to be there too.

"The school system can't fix this by itself, the police can't fix it by itself, we need to work collaboratively," said Robin Campbell, President-elect of the Tampa chapter of the Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

"We want to help the person being bullied and we want to help the person who is the bully," added Hillsborough County Public Schools Chairwoman April Griffin.

As family therapist, Allison Bunch explains, the stakes in their endeavor are high.

"I've had kids who were suicidal due to bullying," she said.

"I've had kids who were suicidal and homicidal due to bullying."

The group of therapists is something of a forum for experts to exchange ideas and strategies, while educators serve as the means to recognize the problem.

"We're supposed to be teaching the A-B-Cs and 1-2-3s, but these are society's issues that are being laid at our doorstep," Griffin said.

Bunch sees her role in this cause, as boots on the frontline.

"Having the right words and knowing how to reach the individuals and really opening yourself up to understand what they're experiencing in that moment, it's a lot of work."

The group wants to influence all-out change, as Campbell explains.

"The individual schools, the individual police forces, the individual families, parents, churches, all of the systems that touch children's lives."

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