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BULLARD (KYTX) --  An East Texas mom says her daughter was bullied so badly using social media she's pulling her out of school.  She says someone set up a fake social media account on a messenger app called KIK using her daughter's name.  And it became a place for lies and threats against the Bullard Middle School student.  The Bullard ISD superintendent says he just discovered the situation this morning and plans to investigate but the family isn't waiting around.

"When you see people saying things about you like that your heart drops," Savannah Noland told us.

A KIK messenger account showed up a few weeks ago with pictures the 14-year-old student but she wasn't behind it.  She said, "I was heartbroken. But not only that I was horrified because the accusations they were throwing at my name were just ridiculous."
 
The account and people posting on it accused her of using drugs, and being promiscuous but it didn't stop there. "Told her she needed to kill herself, she needed to die," Savannah's mother Marcie Smith told us.

Savannah started having problems with a girl at school a few months ago.  Savannah's mom thinks that's who's behind it. Savannah says she was even pushed at school and received threats of violence from friends of the other student.  "It's been very hard for our family and I just want somebody to help her," Smith said.

Smith says she called the school Thursday to get someone to talk to her daughter but no one did.  So she went to the school Friday morning to let someone know, but still no one approached her daughter about the matter.

"If we determine a situation is bullying then we take swift and specific action to discipline those students who are involved in that," Bullard ISD superintendent Keith Bryant told us.

Bryant said no one at the school knew about the situation until Friday morning.  "Our administrators were dealing with some other very significant issues today, and because of that it's my understanding that the administrators were unable to respond before the parents decided to withdraw the student," he told us.

Bryant says the district just needs time to investigate.  But Smith says she was too concerned about her daughter's well being not to take action herself.  Smith said, "I'm going to home school her, she just cant take it anymore."

"I kind of want to forget that part of my life and move forward in a more positive way," Savannah told us.

And Savannah says she hopes the person bullying her won't do it to anyone else.

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