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SC Governor Nikki Haley educates students on bullying

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -

In the Lowcountry, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is declaring October as "Bullying Prevention" month.

When it comes to bullying, Governor Haley believes education can be more powerful than legislation.

That's why she visited the Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts Thursday.

Governor Nikki Haley got some help from South Carolina leaders in spreading her message about bullying.

"Our whole goal is to remind kids that 'cool kids don't bully,' it's to tell them that bullies usually feel bad about themselves on the inside and that's why they treat people bad so they can feel better and it's to remind them that they can stop," said Haley.

Representative Shannon Erickson was one of two state leaders who joined her Thursday.

"Children's educational love of learning is based on their experience in school so if the social stuff gets in the way, the learning is not going to be optimal," said Erickson.

Haley shared her own personal story of being bullied as a kid and took questions and answers from students.

"It's not everyday that a governor comes to your school and so we're honored to have her here," said fifth grader Damon Kenny.

Haley also accepted an anti-bullying art drawing from a student.

All in all, it's clear these kids got the message.

"To not like bullying and to not be a bully," said student Bridget Heidel.

Governor Haley also praised the Beaufort County School System for their recent educational campaign to get the word out about bullying.

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