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Perry High School under scrutiny for its response to bullying after three students commit suicide

Posted at 8:01 PM, Nov 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-16 14:58:54-05

Three students, all from the same school, took their own lives this year.

Nick Borck, Raistlin Brown and Kyleigh Crawford attended Perry High School in Stark County - and all three were bullied.

Family and friends of the three students rallied outside of the school on Wednesday. They say they are heartbroken and upset about how school leaders responded to their deaths. The district created programs to address suicides, but the families say they weren't included in the conversation and they want their voices heard.

Parents of other students were at Wednesday's rally and said kids are still being bullied. The group hoped to send a message to students that help is available outside of school.

"It seems that since we've made this more public and had some media coverage on it, that they have started to introduce new policies and hopefully that means they're planning to make changes in a positive direction," said Raistlin's mother, Emmaline Brown.

The Perry Schools superintendent said the district launched several programs to recognize the warning signs of suicide, trauma and bullying. The student council and student leaders will also hold events to spread kindness on Thursday and Friday.