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Round Rock student gets "cyber-bullied" for her anti-bullying video

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It wasn't your typical school project. The subject matter was pretty deep -- a music video about a middle school student getting bullied to the point of suicide.

Kevin Dean made it when she was just 14 years old for her theatre class at Canyon Vista Middle School in Round Rock.

FOX 7 interviewed her about the video back in 2011. Now she's 17 years old, a junior at Westwood High School...and the video has gone viral. More than 2.5 million views on YouTube. Many of the comments are positive. Some even saying suicide had been on their mind before watching the video.

"Something as drastic as that and then they comment saying they saw my video and it helped. And that just makes me feel so good that I made a difference," Dean said.

But not all of the comments are supportive. Many of them make fun of her singing voice, the appearance of the girls or the video itself.

"I find it really ironic that people will go and comment on my bullying video saying 'You know, oh she's so gross' like 'Oh her singing's horrible...oh go kill yourself.' I just find it so ironic that people apparently aren't really grasping the message and that it happens to be a bullying video," she said.

J.C. Shakespeare is a licensed professional counselor who works with kids and their families. He says unfortunately we live in a judgmental society thanks to brutally honest tv judges like Simon Cowell.

"He'd say something just cruel to the person and the other judges would be like 'Haha' and you know everybody's watching at home to see what he's gonna say to somebody that thinks they can sing and really can't. So we've got this whole culture that judgment's alright and then we go into schools and tell people 'Okay don't bully," Shakespeare said.

Fortunately for Dean, she has a pretty good attitude about it. Even laughing at some.

"I mean it bothers me in a way that it makes me sad for people because they obviously have an issue with themselves to where they have to go online and bully someone else, comment something negative about someone else. So it kind of makes me a little sad for them," Dean said.

"The more people can see messages like that, it inspires other people to say 'You know what, I don't like it when other kids are getting bullied at my school.' So that message is gonna reach the right people even though there's detractors here and there. So 'stick with it' is what I'd say to Kevin," Shakespeare said.

According to a youth behavior study from the CDC, in 2011, 16% of students had been "cyber-bullied."

More young females reported experiencing it than males.

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