Local teen says she was forced to leave school due to bullying

A former Westview High School student spoke with 10News on Friday about how she was bullied so badly by classmates, she was forced to leave.

Katie Uffins said at first, she was bullied. Then, it turned into serious threats and police became involved.

"Nobody would stand behind me," she said. "It was just me versus them all."

The 16-year-old said she left Westview High School because bullies made her fear for her life.

"I was losing friendships up to that time until I found out about the KKK in February… the 'Kill Katie Klub,'" she said.

She said when she heard the word "kill" she went to her mother, who quickly got involved.

"The school said that they weren't going to do anything," said Katie's mother, Giselle Uffins. "The police came to the opposite conclusion of the school."

Police questioned the accused bullies. In the police report, one of them admits to using the language "kill Katie."

"They had attached the name kill to me," she said. "I didn't know if it was a joke or if they were really going to try to kill me."

Katie left Westview High School and now commutes 30 minutes away for classes, feeling forced to leave her friends behind.

"I wouldn't say that I'm completely alone, but I don't feel like there are a lot of people there for me," she said.

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