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Mother keeping bullied daughter out of school


SPENCER, Okla. — A concerned mother of a seventh grade student at Rogers Middle School is ready to keep her daughter out of school for weeks to keep her safe.

Claudia Morrison said Tuesday she’s even willing to give up guardianship to a relative, just so her daughter can go to a school in a different district.

She said her daughter was beaten up twice on Sept. 5 by the same girl on the Rogers Middle School grounds.

“She can’t concentrate,” Morrison said. “She can’t focus on her school work. She’s terrified to go back.”

Her daughter described one of the attacks.

“She kicked me, punched me, stomped on me, all in my face, pulled my hair out,” she said.

Morrison said she’s getting no answers from school officials on any punishment or what they’re doing to keep her daughter safe in the future.

Morrison said the female student who attacked her daughter has posted videos of previous fights on Facebook and bragged online about hurting her daughter.

Oklahoma City Public Schools Deputy Superintendent Sandra Park said they are “quite concerned” about the videos and the fights are being investigated.

Park said parents can apply for an emergency transfer for their child to be moved to another school within the district if they feel there is a safety concern.

“More than anything it’s about getting proper resources to the students and to the families,” Park said. “What does (the fight) mean?  Do the students need some counseling?  Do they need some support? Do they need some positive role models?  We need to investigate that and see exactly what we do need to do.”

Park said the fights involving Morrison’s daughter were not caught on the school’s surveillance video but the pending investigation could lead to the long-term suspension of the student in the Facebook videos.

You can call the Oklahoma City Public Schools’ bullying hotline at (405) 587-STOP.