Angry Parents Demand Bullying Crackdown

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 2:05pm

Several have already pulled their children out of Indiana high school.

Parents and school officials faced off in Henry County, Indiana Monday evening after some parents say they were forced to withdraw their kids to protect them from out of control bullying.

"They called him gay," Melissa Jones said.

That's just one of the ways Jones says students at Blue River Valley Junior/Senior High School bullied her son until he couldn't take it anymore.

"Repeatedly taunt him, knock his books and his papers onto the floor over and over," Jones added.

Jones is home-schooling her son now, but isn't done speaking out.

"It is your legal obligation to keep our kids safe at the school," Jones said at Monday night's school board meeting.

Jones and a handful of other angry parents, even some grandparents, came to Monday's school board meeting armed with stories of their children and grandchildren bullied at school.

"He was in gym. He had his shorts pulled clear down. Nothing was done," said one grandmother, talking about what she says happened to her grandson.

One woman even asked us to hide her face to protect her son, who changed schools last month.

She says she pulled him out of Blue River Valley after another student threatened to sexually violate him.

"I'm doing something. Now you guys do something. What are you doing? You had a month. A month. Do you know what my kid could have went through in a month in your school if I left him there?" screamed the mother at the school board and superintendent.

"Something better be done, because somebody's going to end up dead and its going to be one of these kids," warned another woman.

The district's bullying policy says each incident of bullying will be handled on a case-by-case basis, but clearly, many parents were not happy with how those cases have been handled so far.

The board president says the board is considering changing the policy but can't say how yet.

"You get into difficulties when you try and make it too specific. We want our administration to have the right to use their judgment and have some chance to do what they think is best," said school board president Wayne Jacobs.

In the meeting, Jacobs told parents communication with school officials is important.

"If your child is being bullied we certainly encourage you to have your student contact the appropriate people at the school," he said.

Parents who came to the meeting say that's exactly what they've done with little or no results.

"What are they going to do? They're going to wait till some little kid commits suicide," asked grandfather John Denny.

It's a fear many said they had, so they wanted to speak up now before they believe its too late.

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