After seventeen-year-old Jaclyn Daugherty took her own life last Thursday, community members of Butler County have responded to what they are calling a bullying problem in the school system.
Community members aren't the only ones taking a stand. Dot-Marie Jones, who plays "Coach Bieste" on the hit TV show "Glee" contacted us wanting to help the students of Butler County-- since she was bullied herself as a kid.
"I dealt a lot with people being bullies when I was growing up because I was taller and bigger than not just the girls, but most of the guys. For me it's a huge thing to be supportive of the anti-bullying thing-- one, because it's hideous and two, because there's a lot of kids out there that don't have a voice," Jones says of her childhood.
Even though she lives in Los Angeles, she heard about the bullying problem from relatives that live in butler county.
"I was like, "Oh my God, this is ridiculous". These kids don't deserve what they are getting as far as the bullying goes."
Her reason for contacting us was to send a message to the kids of Butler County.
"Just because you are in a small town doesn't mean there's not people sending love even from Los Angeles. I just felt compelled to reach out to you all."
And Dot Jones isn't the only public figure speaking out against bullying.
State Representative C.B. Embry says he supported the current Kentucky bullying law that passed in 2008.
"We passed the comprehensive legislation anti-bullying bill. It is rated by the National Anti-Bullying Association as one of the stongest anti-bullying bills in the nation," Embry says, "The principal, when he is made aware of harrassment or bullying, he is required to notify law enforcement officers."
Embry says it depends on the serverity of the bullying, but like all crimnal activity...
"It has to be implemented by law enforcement officers and school officials."
Embry also says cyberbullying is a huge issue that can't be stopped on a local level.
He belives the federal government should step in because people aren't just using their first amendment right anymore.
"You can have free speech, but that doesn't mean you have the right to harrass and bully with very hateful and mean statements."