Bullied Out

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Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 12:32pm

Parents say they aren't satisfied with school district's response to 9-year-old daughter's bullying.

A family in Vail, Colorado says their 9-year-old is the constant target of bullies.

Instead of doing something about it, her parents claim administrators recommended she transfer schools.

9-year-old Machayla Juchnik says the bullying started 18 months ago at Desert Willow Elementary.

She describes how certain students treat her.

"Call me a loser, trip me, hit me with footballs, hit me in the face, I was beaten up," she says, "I'd cry and tell my parents."

Machayla's mom Cindy says it got so bad Machayla was unable to focus on her schoolwork was held back a grade.

She now attends Mesquite Elementary.

"It's hard for her. It's really hard for us as parents. She's scared to go to school," says Cindy, "You know she liked school, now she hates school. I just can't even explain it, putting it into words how it feels."

Superintendent Dr. Calvin Baker overseas 17 schools within the Vail district.

"We all agreed with it would be good for the child to go to another school, and that happened, and it was successful," he says.

He says teachers and administrators follow set guidelines.

Machayla says while the staff at Mesquite is trying to help, she's still being bullied.

"I really want them to know that I really would like them to stop, and that it hurts my feelings when they do that," she says.

Cindy wants the district to provide counseling.

"If someday that solution involves counseling, if that appears to be the best way to respond we'll certainly look at that," Dr. Baker says.

He says the principal at Mesquite will meet with Machayla on a regular basis.

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