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TUSD parents launch petition drive for student safety

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Posted at 10:06 PM, Oct 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-24 15:20:44-04

TUSD parents have launched an online petition drive to hold districts more accountable in reporting assaults.

The group wants the state to create a Student Injury Reporting System.

The parent behind the petition -- who feared retaliation and didn't want us to show his face -- says he pulled his daughter out of TUSD for safety reasons after she was repeatedly bullied.

He said about 50 parents -- and even teachers -- came forward following our investigation into discipline problems that revealed incidents had been not reported or downplayed. "More parents who thought that maybe they were alone and that incidents that their children had experienced were rare are finding out that it wasn't as rare as they thought. We're hoping that it will lead to more discussion and ultimately a reporting system that's truly accountable," said the parent.

The group says after they get 500 signatures -- they plan to present the petition to the Attorney General's Office and Arizona Department of Education.

We reached out to the A-D-E -- which says it hopes to produce safety reports in the next year or two as it redesigns and expands the school report cards.

Click here to learn more about the petition.