Dear Editor:

We knew things were getting bad when our teenage daughter was talking about ending her life.

As an Army family that was in active duty for 12 years, we had moved all over the country and South Korea before finally settling in Alabama and enrolling 15-year-old Hailey at a brick-and-mortar school for her freshman year. Hailey began getting bullied at her school, which was worsening her depression.

Fortunately, Hailey was communicating with us throughout the process, and we were able to get her the help she needed. After admitting her to a hospital, we decided to enroll her in K12 Inc, an online school that would allow her to learn at her own pace while receiving close attention from her teachers. Things changed majorly at Alabama Virtual Academy (ALVA). Hailey loves school now, plays the guitar and ukulele, and is a graphic artist. She loves spending time outdoors.

Hailey has always earned good grades in school. ALVA lets her continue to meet that goal with more ease and lower stress. Her teachers are very accessible. We were worried about Hailey but we are relieved to have found an option that works for her. We only hope that other parents of struggling students are able to communicate with their children and give them the help that they need.

Riley Bates


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