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POWELL COUNTY, Ky (LEX 18) A frustrated Powell County mother said she's at her wit's end because of how her children are being treated at Stanton Elementary. She told LEX 18 that for two years, students and teachers have bullied her children for not being Christian. 

Powell County mother of two Heather Estes said that no matter what she does or says, nothing changes for the better at Stanton Elementary. 

"I've tried to address it with the school for over a year now, and, while the principal at the school is very nice, it just continues to happen," said Estes. 

Estes said the bullying all started when students and even teachers noticed her two kids don't attend the "upper room." Powell County Schools describe the upper room as a non-denominational, student-led Christian organization that meets every morning before school starts at Stanton Elementary, but Estes said from what her ten and eight-year-old children have told her, it is anything but inclusive. 

"My children are asked every day, 'do you believe in God? Why don't you go?" Estes told LEX 18. "He's been told by teachers things like the Atheists will be eaten by bears."

Although Powell County superintendent Michael Tate declined to go on camera, he said Estes's complaints are not falling on deaf ears and that the school system is looking into the complaints. 

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