A Volusia County woman says the school district is not doing enough to prevent bullying after she says her daughter suffered a concussion.
“It really bothers me. I mean, she should feel safe there,” Samantha Braden said.
Braden says her 13-year-old daughter was shoved into a wall earlier this month at Silver Sands Middle School in Port Orange.
Braden said the seventh-grader was pushed so hard she had to be treated at the hospital for a concussion.
One of two girls identified as being involved in the assault was charged with battery but Braden says it wasn’t the first time her daughter was bullied and believes the school and the school district need tougher anti-bullying policies in place.
A school district spokesperson told WESH 2 News by email, “We can assure you students involved have received disciplinary measures. Both school and district administration are involved along with law enforcement. Bullying will not be tolerated in Volusia County Schools.”
Braden believes it has been tolerated. After starting a Facebook group, Braden says she’s heard from dozens of parents sharing bullying stories at Silver Sands Middle and beyond. Braden believes students identified as being involved in bullying incidents should be referred for counseling in addition to discipline.
Braden’s daughter is grateful her mother is taking action because she doesn’t think school leaders are doing enough.
“They just send them home for a suspension and say don’t do it again but, like, that doesn’t even do anything. It doesn’t stop it,” she said.
Braden and other parents are meeting this week to talk anti-bullying strategy. They then plan to take that strategy to the school district in hopes of promoting change.
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Published at Mon, 01 Mar 2021 17:23:00 +0000