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Parents send anti-bullying message to TUSD school board

Posted at 10:13 PM, Nov 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-16 12:33:33-05

It was an emotional night for several parents who attended Tuesday's TUSD board meeting. Many of them say the district has a serious bullying problem that is being ignored. There were about ten speakers who said the bullying problem has gotten out of control.

Those speakers included parents, community members and even a student who said she is a victim of bullying in a TUSD school. Many of the parents say they've tried reaching out the school district but never get responses. 
"She's getting threatened. If I don't drop these charges against those girls they're gonna hurt her now. Now I want you guys to do discipline in the schools."
"She was bullied over three weeks. Threatened on a daily basis from class to class. Telling her, 'We're gonna find you and we're gonna get you'".
"I have a child in Blenman Elementary School. He was assaulted on the school bus on August 30th."
"They go to school to learn. They don't go to school to be injured. I have called the superintendent many times and have not gotten a call back."
After hearing those complaints from parents, TUSD board member Michael Hicks made a recommendation. He wants a special task force to work on figuring out the root of the problem. Hicks says that task force should not be appointed by superintendent Sanchez, but rather parents and local law enforcement.