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Reports of bullying in Macon schools already surpass 2016 total

An anti-bullying panel discussion was held on Monday to address the multiple reports that have been filed / Shannon Lilly (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- The NAACP hosted an anti-bullying panel on Monday night to bring awareness to the issue.

Bullying in Bibb County may be on the rise according to Gwenette Westbrooks, President of the Macon NAACP.

She said since January, the NAACP has received at least seven complaints of bullying. In the entire year of 2016 they only received four.

The panel was meant to educate parents and students on how to handle bullying when it happens.

"It's going to take the school, the parents and different types of organizations such as the NAACP to get involved to put an end to the bullying," Westbrooks said. "I don't know if it's going to put an end to it but it needs to. It's so very serious. People take their lives because of being bullied."

She also said it's an issue across all middle and high schools in Bibb County. However, a majority of the calls have come from Rutland High.

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