Bullies Hospitalize 11-Year-Old Girl in Virginia, Father Says
A father in Virginia said that his 11-year-old daughter was taken to the hospital after she was pushed off a bus ramp by bullies.
The father said that warnings about potential violence from bullies were ignored by school officials at John Rolfe Middle School in Henrico.
“It brought me to tears in the principal’s office,” said father Jason Hudson, reported NBC12.
“I don’t now what else to say or do.”
He said his daughter, Hailey, was targeted by school bullies. “They knocked my daughter over and broke her wrist in four places,” said Hudson of the bus ramp incident.
His daughter wrote letters to teachers about the bullying, and her father wanted to press charges. They said no crime was committed.
“There’s no criminal actions to take because it was horseplaying gone wrong,” Hudson said he was told by officials. “And I said, ‘Horseplaying going wrong? What does that mean?'”
The students were sending his daughter messages to her, saying she has to bring 100 pieces of candy to avoid bullying, he added.
“She’s afraid. She doesn’t want to go to school,” the worried father added. “I’m terrified to send my daughter to school. Somebody has to get hurt for something to happen? I don’t understand.”
According to BullyingStatistics.org, about one in four American kids are bullied on a regular basis.
A survey also found “teens in grades sixth through 10th grade are the most likely to be involved in activities related to bullying,” and it added that “about thirty percent of students in the United States are involved in bullying on a regular basis either as a victim, bully or both.”
Meanwhile, “recent school bullying statistics show that cyber bullying is becoming increasingly prevalent on school property as well as involving students even when they are not at school. Because of this growing number of kids affected by bullying, more and more schools throughout the country are cracking down on the measures taken to stop bullying,” the website stated.
Hudson said that the bullies were sending profanity-laced messages to his daughter “on their school computer,” NBC12 said.
School officials sent out a statement about the alleged attack:
School leaders are well aware of the situation, and the response was immediate and appropriate. However, federal law prohibits school divisions from providing additional facts in this, or in any situation pertaining to students. When school-based disciplinary incidents occur, the Code of Student Conduct details the appropriate actions to address such incidents, and the Code of Student Conduct was followed. The school division will always take steps to ensure the well-being of all students while affording all students the rights and confidentiality to which they are entitled by law.
(H/T – OpposingViews)