FORT GAY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Anti-bullying efforts across the country are making news, to put a stop a behavior some educators say is reaching epidemic levels.
One young girl from Wayne County knows how traumatic being bullied can be.
It forced her to change schools and try to start over. And start over she did.
"When you look at this, it says 'Are you a bully?' and it has a mirror when you look at the mirror you should think what you say." Anna Brewer is a student in Fort Gay.
"I was made fun of at school for a lot of different reasons," Brewer says.
It was non-stop bullying that had her transfer from another school and she's blossomed into an anti-bullying advocate.
"I got to the point where I seen other people being bullied and I thought I could change it," Brewer said.
45 minutes away in another school hall is Anna's mom, a teacher, who saw the destructive power of words changing her daughter day-by-day.
"It got to the point she was never happy," Mary Beth Hampton said, "it had gotten to the point, the child she was, was gone."
Now a sense of relief that Anna has turned the corner and her teachers notice it as well.
"I think she's very brave to tell her story to her peers and share what's happened to her. To not only share, but she's become an advocate, they can come to her, she's a mentor to the other kids," Angela Stroud said.
"I think that now I finally fit in with the kids here and they make me feel welcomed," Brewer said.
"She's come through that on the other side a stronger person and she wants to share that with the school that they can overcome it," Stroud said.
And that's what makes Anna a WSAZ Hometown Hero.
For her, actions speak louder than words. "They all tell me I'm an inspiration to them and that I've made a difference. It makes me feel like I've accomplished something."