HOUSTON -- Parents, teachers and students gathered Saturday in southeast Houston for the first HISD Anti-Bullying Awareness Festival.

The event, held at Jackson Middle School in the 5100 block of Polk, featured motivational guest speakers and training sessions on how to stop bullying and avoid becoming a victim.

The idea was partly inspired by several recent high-profile suicides, including the death of a 13-year-old student from Cy Fair ISD, that were attributed to bullying.

As we know, the suicide total continues to increase and there has to be a stop to that and it starts with festivals such as this to get the message out, said Jackson Middle School Principal Kregg Cuellar.

Officials at Jackson Middle School have put in place a zero tolerance police on bullying and are holding bimonthly open forums with parents to discuss the problem.

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