Book Published by Local Author Sends Strong Anti-Bullying Message

November 23, 2011 Updated Nov 23, 2011 at 7:57 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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November 23, 2011 Updated Nov 23, 2011 at 7:57 PM EDT

West Seneca, NY (WKBW) - After creating and writing a series of children's books portraying a friendly Zombie kid, Edward Kent of West Seneca knew he had to combat the evasive issue of bullying within school districts and throughout cyberspace. He decided to write another book focusing on how to stop the vicious cycle of bullying. Kent says he hopes his latest book titled, "Stop Bullying Me! I'm a Zombie. So What?", will help spread the message of acceptance. As a previous elementary and middle school teacher, Kent says he was unsettled by the suicide death of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer last September in Williamsville.

"I want kids to have the self esteem and to know that it's ok to be different," said Kent.

Niagara Falls Attorney William Berard has a more hands on approach to end bullying. He travels across the country, working with school districts to help train and engage students, administrations, teachers, even parents about how to stop this evasive problem..He says many districts are already taking a more proactive approach.

"They're really starting to focusing on bullying through the eyes of the victim. In the past bullying was a disciplinary issue. We disciplined the bully and life goes on, but now they're understanding the trauma and stress the victims go through," said Berard.

Jamey Rodemeyer's parents have been invited to attend the Trevor Project's annual fundraiser in Los Angeles next month, where Lady Gaga will receive an award for her work helping lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered youth. For more information on the Trevor Project visit: thetrevorproject

For more information about Kent's children's books visit: zombieedfun