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Upstate teen writes children's bullying book

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A look at McGowan's anti-bullying book 'STOMP OUT the Bullying!' (June 15, 2012/FOX Carolina) A look at McGowan's anti-bullying book 'STOMP OUT the Bullying!' (June 15, 2012/FOX Carolina)
SIMPSONVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Upstate High School student is getting national attention for trying to stop bullying with a children's book and a public service announcement.  

STOMP OUT the Bullying! was written by J.L. Mann High School Senior Angel McGowan, who said she has never been a victim of bullying but has seen others affected by it.

"I have close friends who have dealt with it and it hurt me to see them feeling the way they did," she said. 

It led McGowan to something to make others aware of the dangers of bullying. She entered into a national competition called the Great American No Bull Challenge to produce an anti-bullying PSA and write a children's book.

"My main character gets bullied at school and worried about it. He did this until he realized he could trust his math teacher," she said.    

Her parents said the competition attracted hundreds of applicants, but only 15 including McGowan made the cut.

Last year, federal statistics showed that 20 percent of high school students experienced bullying. But McGowan hopes it stops with her new book and PSA. 

McGowan's next step will be to attend an awards ceremony in San Francisco next month where some of the judges will be Dr. OZ and his wife.

You can also call her booking agent to have her speak at your summer camp. The number to call is 864-238-4764.  

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