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WHEELING, W Va. – Pushing, shoving, name-calling and now, social media posts.

These are a few of the bullying issues schools are seeing across the nation.

In West Virginia, these issues are much more common than you’d think.

A recent survey ranked the Mountain State third overall for bullying problems.

“We have to recognize that this is a problem and ask ourselves, what can we all do together to fix it?,” said Heather Lewis, Counselor for Ohio County Schools

But the question is, how do we fix it?

Lewis believes we need to start at home and work together.

“As the teachers, counselors, students and families, we all need to work together to hopefully solve this problem. One thing that we’re trying to do here along with our bullying prevention lessons is teach kids kindness and compassion, and that it’s OK to be that kid who’s kind to others and it’s OK to show compassion when somebody else is feeling bad,” Lewis said.

Bordas and Bordas in Wheeling is dedicated towards a similar goal.

The law firm is helping prevent bullying, by recognizing the students who stand up against it.

“We identify kids that have courage, courage to do the right thing and these kids are oftentimes leaders who can rally other kids to help prevent this sort of thing,” said Jim Bordas.

Studies show that many factors contribute to kids becoming bullies, including a negative home environment and a lack of self-confidence.

But officials confirm the best way to protect a child from becoming a victim or a bully is to keep open communication.