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Pinellas family resorts to legal means to stop bullying

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HERNANDO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - The bullying happened at the start of the school year.

“I was just being picked on every single day.  Constantly.  And they've just been saying rude things to me.”

We're not identifying her to avoid bringing on more troubles for this St. Petersburg 6th grader.

The 11-year-old says a classmate, who is part of a group of girls, ganged up on her on a daily basis at University Prep Academy in St. Petersburg.

The victim's mother says the assaults included beatings.

“They were hitting her, pushing her, they knocked her glasses off her face, they pushed her books out of her hand, they slapped her in the face,” she said.

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Angela, whose last name we're not revealing, says the bullying affected her daughter's behavior.

"Before this happened, my daughter loved school.  Loved to go to school every day,” she said.

Fed up with the lack of response, Angela yanked her daughter out of University Prep, and enrolled her at Baypoint Middle School.

But she says 4 of the bullies from her former school also transferred to Baypoint, bringing the harassment with them.

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She requested and got a judge to OK an injunction, forcing the main instigator to stay 50 feet away.

"I’m hoping after receiving the documentation that it does stop.  I'm hoping that it's not just a piece of paper, that they would follow the law.”

Her daughter is elated.

“It's good now.  I'm glad to go to school now.”

The family's attorney credits Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd for making arrests in the Rebecca Sedwick case, and bringing the bullying issue into the spotlight. 

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“The fact that he went out and arrested and found that there were charges, aggravated stalking, I think that really set it off,” said Robin Allweiss.

Despite her young age, the victim has a mature attitude about the bullies.

“I just feel bad for them cuz that's affecting their future.”

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