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Ann Gettis listens to testimony after talking about her son Jeremiah who was bullied and killed himself. She testified during a Senate committee meeting Tuesday, March 5 on an anti-bullying bill. (Photo by Danielle Killey)

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ST. PAUL -- A rural Minnesota woman said if some schools had better programs and plans to deal with bullying, her son might not have killed himself.

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"I believe that my son's unbearable pain and sadness was preventable," Ann Gettis of Kenyon told a state Senate committee Tuesday.

Her son, Jeremiah, shot himself in 2006 after years of being bullied at school, she said.

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