Smart Woman: The Bullycide Project

There are true stories of teenagers being bullied.

These teens portrayed in the play "The Bullycide Project" have another heart-breaking fact in common: they all took their own lives.


Michelle Calo, mother of a Kristina Calco who committed suicide after bullying said, "I would ask her all the time, what's wrong? Or why don't you tell me? And she would mostly say, I don't know or, I'm not sure".


One out of every four students reports they've been bullied and hundreds of thousands are afraid to go to school every day.

The suicide rate among teenagers has tripled in the last 20 years.

With social media and texting, it's a much harsher world for kids.

Parents, police and school officials need to be more aware.

"It's a totally different game today. And if you're carrying around those old ideas of what bullying was when you were growing up, you're going to get a kid hurt." said Kevin Epling, father of suicide victim Matt Epling.

The families of the teenagers in "The Bullycide Project" hope revealing teen's private suffering on stage will show other families just how hurtful words and actions can be.

48 hours looks into bullying in a new prime time special.

"Bullying, words can kill" airs this Friday September 16th right here on KTAB.

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