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Teen spreads anti-bullying message through music

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It has a catchy tune and a timely message. Our Kat De Maria introduces us to a Madison County teen and gives us a look at her anti-bullying anthem.

CAZENOVIA, N.Y. -- It may as well be a Taylor Swift video: Teen girls with effortless hair having fun on a train. But this song isn't about boys or clothes, it's about bullying, realized by Grace Gara's musical godparents.

"They wrote this song and asked me if I would sing it for them. And I was definitely honored that they asked me. It's such a great message," Gara said.

"Freak In The Crowd"

Grace, her sister Faith and friend Kristie Kleine, who all appear in the video for "Freak in the Crowd" and go to school in Cazenovia, say bullying is everywhere.

"I think bullying is in all shapes and sizes and forms," Faith Gara said.

"When you come home and you go on Facebook, there are Facebook fights, drama, people are tweeting about other people. And it hurts your feelings to see that. You can't get away from bullying," Kleine said.

Although kids and teens are finding new ways to pick on one another in the digital age, the girls say the most common way is the most traditional.

"Someone will say something that's not true that spreads quickly," Faith Gara said.

"There are always rumors going around," Grace Gara said.

With her video, Gara joins a self-esteem movement fueled by role models like Adele and positive anthems by the likes of P!nk and Lady Gaga. As a high schooler herself, she hopes other young people relate to the message.

"I hope people see it and they're like, wow, I can make a difference and I can be the one to stand up and make someone's day even save someone's life," Grace Gara said.

Gara says her video has received some recognition from the makers of the documentary "Bully," which is in theatres next week. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP