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Battling bullying top priority as schools get back in session

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Tyler Layne, a 19-year-old pop star, is using his music to get out his story about being bullied, hoping it will help children in our area going through similar situations.

As part of the One Voice Project, Layne performed with the band "Distraction" at the Academy of Hope in Conway for more than 100 children and staff members Monday.

He talked to the audience about how he was bullied when he was younger and he decided to tell an adult about what was going on. He said that got the bullying to end, so he encourages children to speak up if they're being bullied.

Principal Melissa Mccloud said the purpose for bringing the One Voice Project into the Academy of Hope is to teach children to be accepting of all different kinds of people and also to be confident in themselves.

"I want my kids to walk away from here knowing that they are wonderful regardless of what their situation is," she said. "When they look in that mirror, we want them to see greatness because that's who our kids are, they're great."

Layne and the other singers will have more anti-bullying concerts in the area. There will be concert at Pyler Park in Myrtle Beach Monday at 7 p.m. and another performance tomorrow at Broadway at the Beach at 5 p.m.

Horry County Schools are getting ready to talk to children about bullying when the academic year begins.

Teal Britton, public information officer for Horry County Schools, said teachers will discuss bullying while going over the student code of conduct.

"It's intended. It's repeated. It's unwanted," Britton said. "It doesn't have to be physical. It can be emotional distress."

 Bullying numbers are low for Horry County Schools because incidents aren't always reported.

Bullying can now be reported through the Horry County Schools app.

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