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Family and friends of Nelson County girl who committed suicide raise awareness about the effects of bullying

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NELSON COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) – A Nelson County girl was bullied to the point of suicide two years ago. Now her family and friends are doing what they can to keep this from happening to anyone else.

“In 2014 she (Reagan) was a 7th grader at Bardstown Middle School and had started experiencing bullying from a group of girls,” said Reagan’s mom, Melanie Hack.

Reagan Carter experienced that bullying for months before it became too much. Reagan overdosed on prescription cough medicine.

“That made her heart stop. So we lost Reagan on December 23, 2014,” Hack said.

While the pain is still very real, Reagan's family and friends are sharing her story and raising awareness about the effects of bullying.

“The bullying that our kids face in today's world is completely different than what we went through growing up. Now it's nonstop because of social media and it goes viral,” Hack said.

With the help of Nelson County Rocks, they're sharing powerful and inspiring messages on painted rocks to place around the county.

One of Reagan's friends, who also experienced bullying, shared how helpful it can be to open up and talk with an adult.

“I feel like when you do talk to them that it will get better and that it will help tremendously because you can't just build up all your emotions inside you,” Cayenne Boone said.

And vice versa -- Reagan's mom said parents also need to open up that line of communication even more.

“Reagan never once mentioned to us that she had any thoughts about hurting herself or feeling that hopeless. Was she upset about it? Yes. But it was something we never thought would have happened in a million years,” Hack said.

But most importantly -- she wants kids who are bullied, to above all, take this message to heart:

“Please know that there's help out there. You matter to somebody -- and I wish at that moment in time Reagan would have realized how much people's lives would be empty without her,” Hack said.

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, contact the crisis line at  (502) 589-8070 or (502) 589-4313.

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