JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying.
Jeira is a 13-year-old who is now being home schooled because she said she was bullied last year in 5th grade while attending an elementary school in Jones County.
"No never, I don't want to go to public school ever," said Jeira. "I told my mother that I don't want to go to school anymore because teachers and the kids in school they keep on picking on me."
Jeira's mother recalled a traumatic experience while her child was in school.
"When she was with this teacher she tried to commit suicide twice," said Jeira's mother Gypsy. "I had to hide the knives, my medication, sometimes I had to put pots in front of the door to make sure she wouldn't get up and you know and leave. I slept with one eye opened, one eye closed."
According to Jeira, the suicidal feelings from her bullying still haven't gone away.
"I get a feeling like sometime in the day like I just want to like use a knife to kill myself," said Jeira.
Gypsy said her daughter has ADD and is dyslexic. She said being bullied in school only made things more difficult for her child.
"She was having all these issues going through depression, stress, frustration, everything," said Gypsy. "All these kids that are doing this killing in school, being bullies, whose fault do you think that is? Is not the kids, it's the parents because the disciplinary starts at home."
While the words vampire and grizzly bear may not sound harmful, Jeira said it made her feel like she wasn't part of this world and led her to suicidal thoughts.
"I might be the person to give people problems, I'm in there way," said Jeira.
Jeira said she feels much better being home schooled. She said she doesn't plan on attending middle school or high school, but hopes to attend college. She said she has several reasons to keep living life.
"I have a future that I want to grow up and sing and act and have my life, have kids and a husband and I will have a happy life, my own family and all that," said Jeira.
According to the University Council for Educational Administration, 1 in 10 students drop out of school because of repeated bullying.
The names in this story are pseudonyms to protect the identity of the victim.