8th grader creates anti-bullying photo shoot, campaign after being assaulted at school

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Chelsee Washam has a passion for modeling but after being assaulted by a bully at her middle school she is combining that passion with something new.

"I woke up one morning, the day after it happened, and I was just thinking about what we could do for another photoshoot, and I was like anti-bullying," said Washam. "I have my friends here with me and we're just here to raise awareness."

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Washam recruited the help of two of her best friends who are no stranger to being bullied themselves.

"They've made fun of what I wear, or how I look, or just everything they can pick out to make fun of," said Alyssa Meyers.

After seeing the video of Chelsee being hit at school they wanted to band together to speak out.

"Honestly I was mad," said Hailey Frye."There were people who claiming to be our friends who were there and didn't do anything about it, so honestly, it was sad."

The girls, along with several photographers, recreated bullying scenarios for the photos in Market Square.

"I think that if you express it and make it a big thing people will start to notice it and try to do something about it," said Frye.

They are hoping to make a change one picture at a time.

I've gotten more into modeling and more people have noticed me and I feel like it's a really bad thing that happened  but it's got a good outcome," said Washam.

Washam says she plans to use the pictures in a new anti-bullying campaign she wants to start. She says she would love to tour schools and share her story. 

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