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Kentucky girl stands up to bullies

Morgan Guess Morgan Guess
Morgan's mom, Susan Morgan's mom, Susan
Morgan is trying to get Kentucky's governor to appoint a state wide task force on bullying. Morgan is trying to get Kentucky's governor to appoint a state wide task force on bullying.
PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) -

She's a girl on a mission to stop the bullying in her state.

Morgan Guess doesn't want anyone to know what it feels like to be bullied.

At age eight, she herself was clinically depressed and suffered stomach pains while in school and her mom had no idea until she witnessed the abuse herself.

She shared her story in hopes that others would do the same.

Another way was through the "Inside Out Project," where photos of girls and boys who have been bullied in the past come forward and share their experience.

Their portraits are displayed along Jefferson Street in Paducah.

Morgan's mom, Susan says she learned through her daughter's experience that kids are often afraid to admit having been bullied to make a difference and to stop the violence.

Earlier this month, Guess won the Kentucky Youth Volunteer Service Award and was one of three Kentuckians to win the regional Kohl's Cares Scholarship.

She won these awards after she raised nearly $20,000 for a foundation she and her mother started.

She also brought author and bullying survivor Jodee Blanco to Paducah in August where she spoke to 6,000 kids.

Morgan is trying to get Kentucky's governor to appoint a state wide task force on bullying.

If that does happen, Kentucky would be the first state to come together tackle bullying.

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