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13-year-old girl says she was bullied, beaten during PE class at Illinois school
Article by: ABC News 7
May 24, 2021
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The family of a 13-year-old girl said an attack at her school in Gardner, Illinois, left her face bloody and bruised. The girl's mother is furious after she said her daughter was bullied, then beaten.

"It makes me happy to know that I have family supporters," said Charlee Funes. The seventh grader has not been in school since last Thursday because she's afraid.

Charlee's family said she was bruised and bloodied by another student during PE class at Gardner Grade School in Grundy County.

"She took her chest on my back and pushed me down," Charlee said.

Charlee's older brother shared disturbing photos of his sister's injuries on social media after the Funes family said the school was slow to act.

After taking her daughter to the hospital, Kim Funes couldn't believe what the school told her when she asked them to call police and they refused.

"I was told the girl would receive two days' suspension. And no charges would be filed against the girl because it was her first offense," Kim Funes said.

On Tuesday, the school district superintendent sent a statement to families that said, in part, "In response to the incident, the District immediately began an investigation... our student's safety is always our first priority."

The district is working with law enforcement.

"I taught my kids to do onto others as they want to be done onto them," Kim Funes said.

As others question why Funes didn't engage the alleged bully's mother, she said she's a living example for her children.

"A lot of people say, why didn't you go confront the lady? Why didn't you go smack her? Why didn't you go do this?" Kim Funes said. "Two wrongs don't make a right. We have to do what's right."

Kim Funes said she wants the student who she said attacked her child to be expelled. She believes there are other girls who have been victims of her bullying.

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