POSTED: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 6:16pm
UPDATED: Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 10:38am
EDINBURG, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Stephen F. Austin Elementary in Edinburg has a zero-tolerance policy against bullying. But one family says that's not the case in their son's alleged bullying problems at the school.
They contacted Newscenter 23 about what they say is an ongoing issue that hasn't been fixed.
"They're bullying me and punching me, and it kind of hurts me too."
That's what 9-year-old Richard Williams says is happening to him at Stephen F. Austin Elementary, and that it's gone on for a few months. He says most of the bullying is verbal, but the alleged bully has also physically injured him on multiple occasions.
"He put me in a headlock and then whenever he saw a teacher come, he let me go and I flew forward and hit myself on the table, busted my lip."
Richard says it happened a while ago and that the bully even told him he was trying to kill him, but after reporting the incident to the teacher, he's still dealing with the same problems today.
"They're still bullying me and I feel uncomfortable."
Richard's mother, Christine Camarillo, has noticed a change in her son's behavior since the bullying started.
"He gets up in the morning and he's nervous. He shakes, he has to take a couple of breaths, he has to motivate himself to even get dressed for school," she stated.
After several meetings with the teacher and principal, Camarillo is upset that her son is still being bullied.
"I don't think it's appropriate that if somebody reports something on a consistent basis and nothing gets done. This is an ongoing problem."
Newscenter 23 tried reaching the principal for a comment about the alleged bullying situation; however, the district has a policy against speaking to the media regarding any cases of bullying. A spokesperson for the school district issued this statement:
'Edinburg CISD officials conducted a thorough investigation from the time the allegation was reported. They will continue to monitor the situation to ensure the safety of the students and will remain in communication with the parents.'
Richard has his own message for any other kids who might be experiencing problems with bullying as well.
"Speak up and be brave and tell somebody that will do something. Like your mom or your dad."