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First grader being bullied for her appearance finds help in unlikely place

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TAMPA, Fla. – Bullying is an issue that is wreaking havoc on school districts across the country.

While many districts are trying to find a way of dealing with bullies in the classroom, one little girl in Florida found help in an unlikely place.

Hailey Morrissey was in first grade when severe plaque psoriasis spread across her body, WFLA reports.

Soon, other students began bullying her about her appearance.

“I just didn’t feel pretty,” she recalled.

A short time later, Morrissey learned that she wasn’t the only one taking the bullying to heart. As it turns out, fifth graders had noticed the teasing and decided to intervene.

WFLA says the oldest students left encouraging notes on her desk, sent her friendship bracelets and even walked her to class.

Now, Morrissey’s teacher is hoping that kindness can inspire the same feelings in kids across the country.

“They can make a difference, even to one little girl who is having trouble because ‘she’s not pretty,” Sara Martin said.