Fifth Grade Student
Someone Being Bullied
Male | New Palestine, IN   United States
Student bullied at New Palestine school
Bullying Type: Physical / Emotional
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7/31/13 9:07 AM
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NEW PALESTINE -
A mother is calling for harsher punishment after she says several students bullied her son at school.

The incident involved fifth graders at New Palestine Elementary school in Hancock County.

Beth Robertson says not enough was done when her son was recently bullied and fears for his future if she sends him back to New Palestine Elementary School for sixth grade next year.

"I don't want to send him back there, cause I just feel like, they're not going to protect him," said Robertson.

"He's in speech therapy, so they may say stuff about the way he talks," she explained.

"He's in the Indianapolis Childrens' Choir...and they call him vulgar names because of that," Robertson added.

The bullying though came to a head a few weeks ago Robertson claimed, when a group of kids ganged up on her son during recess.

"They're throwing the ball at him, and he's like in the turtle position and they were throwing rocks at him over and over again," she explained.

Robertson took pictures of her son's legs and neck to show the red marks and welts left from the incident.

"There were other kids around watching it happen and didn't say nothing," she added.

"It's really unfortunate the young man ended up with the marks on his legs and so forth," said New Palestine Elementary School Principal Mark Kern.

Kern said some students were punished because of the incident, but for privacy reasons, Kern could not say what the punishments involved or who was involved.

Kern also said parents from both sides came in for meetings.

"We did a thorough investigation, involved parents from both sides, just as our actions plan would call for," said Kern who explained that all schools in the district have an anti-bullying policy.

Kern said teachers were on the playground, but didn't see what happened.

He also said that students who witnessed what happened, didn't come forward until the investigation was over and punishments had been handed over.

Kern called that unfortunate.

Kern said the district has been at the forefront of bullying prevention and awareness even before the governor signed the new state wide anti-bullying law which could make some incidents of bullying a crime.

Kern said the district takes bullying seriously and has been involved with programs for the community and parents.

Beth Robertson said it doesn't seem to be working, which is why she's speaking up about what happened to her son.

"I just feel like if I don't stand for him, then who will?" Robertson asked.

Robertson has written to the school board and school officials are set to meet with her about the incident on Monday.



http://www.wthr.com/story/22537052/student-bullied-at-new-palestine-school



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Posted By: 2Young2Drinks | 7/31/13 10:30 AM
That's great news the governor signed the new anti-bully law to make certain acts of bullying a crime. It's a start in the right direction.
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