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Life Lessons: Bullies beware!

Published On: Jan 21 2014 04:00:00 AM CST

It's hard enough to fight cancer, but one girl had to also fight bullies.

Life hasn't been easy for 14-year-old Kajmere Houchins.

"When I was 6 years old, I was diagnosed with cancer," she explains.

Houchins had stage four neuroblastoma. Then she developed leukemia-twice. Her classmates made things worse by bullying her.

"I was bullied because I was held back a grade, and I was bullied because my hair was falling out," she said.

And there was another reason kids picked on her.

"I was bullied because I have two moms," she said.

"I don't think there's anything worse than seeing your kid being brought down to floor level because someone has made some derogatory comment," says KajmereĆ­s mother, Teresa Barnes.

Statistics show one in four kids are bullied on a regular basis in the US. In 85 percent of cases, there is no intervention made by teachers or school staff.

Gay, bisexual, lesbian, or transgendered teens report being five times more likely to miss school because they feel unsafe after being bullied. About 28 percent of them feel forced to drop out of school altogether.

Houchins decided she wanted to change that.

First she created a website as a resource for kids who are bullied.

"My web site is called the power cave. Where kids can get more involved and learn how to self-advocate and learn to love themselves," she said.

She also drafted an online petition to change laws in her state, so that students can be included in developing anti-bullying policies. In November, the board of education unanimously adopted it as law.

"People are literally killing themselves over their differences. I feel like there's just no sense in it. There's no point," Houchins said.

She didn't let others bring her down and she has a message for those who tried: "There is no reason to be a bully. Bullying is wrong."