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West Valley school taking week to fight bullying

Hundreds of students at Heritage Elementary lock arms and recite the school's anti-bullying pledge. (KTAR Photo/Jim Cross)

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Heritage Elementary School at 125th Avenue and Glendale is spending the entire week helping students understand bullying and how to prevent it.

Classroom doors are decorated with anti-bullying messages. Students have been writing down how they've been affected by bullies. Hundreds of kids at the school are wore orange -- the color of the national anti-bullying moment -- locked arms and recited the schools anti-bullying pledge on Wednesday.

Mariah Monroe, an eighth grader, said she has been the victim of social media bullying.

"It hurts inside but you just have to remember that people love you," she said.

While the school is doing its best to teach kids about bullying, it said parents need to do their part as well.

"Talk to your child," said Heritage Elementary Vie Principal Alicia Perez. "Ask how their day was. That's the key."

Perez said the school has a no-tolerance policy when it comes to bullies. The policy has led to interventions with parents because some cases of bullying have started with the student's home life.

Bullying -- both online and in person-- has become a major challenge for schools nationwide.

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Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

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