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"When no one knows that it's you saying it, you can say whatever you want." Shadle Park High School senior Reid Skognes says that's the root of the problem for the cyber bullying she's witnessed. She says an app called Burnbook allows users to anonymously upload comments, and some people at her school are using it to tell one specific student to commit suicide. The student was friends with another boy at the school who recently committed suicide, and she claims some of the comments go as far as to tell the student to "join his friend in hell."

Skognes graduates in just a few months, but wants to see a stop to anonymous harassment online.

At Gonzaga University, Miranda Houchens is making that hope a reality. She and a group of students started the group "Zags take on hate in social media." Their mission is to raise awareness about cyber bullying, and encourage students to not only stand up to online bullies, but put a stop to it completely. She says social media is here to stay, but a culture of cyber bullying doesn't have to be. Houchens says that she doesn't think the apps are the issue, rather she thinks the culture on online bullying needs to stop. She says that she trusts that Gozaga students will, "Do the right thing."

One resource if you think you know someone who is suicidal is: http://www.suicide.org/hotlines/washington-suicide-hotlines.html.

The organization First Call for Help tells KHQ if you think you know someone who is suicidal, always treat it seriously. They say the best thing to do if you think someone is thinking about taking their own life is to first approach them about because, "The one time you don't think its going to happen is when it will."

First Call for Help is a suicide hotline that can be reached at (509) 838-4428.

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