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[bitsontherun u5kLf343]SULLIGENT, Miss. (WCBI)-Bullying has become one of the biggest headaches for school districts anywhere as they try to sort out the he said-she said of facts versus perception.

For parents, it’s also a headache trying to look out for the interests of their children.

Some parents and administrators at a West Alabama school district are struggling with the issue.

Mechelle and Jeff Vance say their daughter is being bullied at Sulligent High School and that they can’t get anyone to do anything about it.

But others say it’s a personal conflict among students and that discipline is being handed out where it is warranted.

“She has always been kind of picked on in school and you know we’re just to the point we’re tired of it. You know, we know its against the law for somebody to bully and for schools to put up with bullying,” said Jeff Vance, Parent.

“She dreads going to school. She dreads what’s going to happen, what they’re going to do to her, what they’re going to call her,” said Mechelle Vance.

And so now the school district is left to sort out the facts and investigate the alleged acts of harrassment.

The Vances say it’s gotten beyond verbal sparring to physical acts to the point where they’ve had to pay for damages.

“It’s the same little group of kids that’s doing it. Put pancake and syrup in her school books and called her names all day,” added Jeff vance.

“You know we’ve had kids at our school, one girl got her car vandalized, got her car vandalized sitting in our parking lot, school parking lot,” said Mechelle Vance.

Lamar County, like school districts everywhere, have anti-harassment and anti-bullying policies.

Administrators say they take the complaints seriously because they can escalate.

They also must make sure the facts are balanced and it’s not just students mad at other students.

“Said if a student is being harassed, bullied or whatever term you want to use there, then there is a form for them to fill out. They need to sign that form, carry it home. Their parents also need to sign that form, so we don’t have allegations that it’s not substantial there,” said Garth Moss, Lamar County Schools Superintendent.

Moss says students have been suspended and that the punishment can be worse.

And like so many other administrators who wish it weren’t a problem, Moss knows bullying won’t go away anytime soon.

For bullying, a student can face suspension or expulsion and can be referred to the criminal justice system.

 

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  • a concerned parent

    No Mr. Moss. We know that bullying won’t go away anytime soon. But it also won’t go away when the adults who are supposed to watch over our children while they try to get an education turn a blind eye to the situation! It’s bad when if the one who is actually doing the bullying or commiting the crime is someone who is big in sports or someone who’s mother is an employee of the school. Then there is no punishment. And that is exactly what has happened when the car was vandalized. It doesn’t matter that the poor girl who this happened to was bullied so much she is now home schooled. Just as long as the one who commited the crime didn’t have her record with a spot on it. Does this seem fair Mr. Moss?

  • Kyrsa

    Stuff like this has been going on in Sulligent school since I was a child some several decades back. This type of things is why I dropped out at a very young age because they would do NOTHING about it. Most likely, they still will do nothing about it. Most likely they will persecute the girl for ‘stirring up trouble’. I feel for her and her family.

  • Ed

    The parents have the responsibility of their kids actions at school. Hold them accountable, a stiff fine and/or some jail time will reduce the bulling. If the parent has to pay or sit in jail, I can assure you they will fix the problem. If it don’t, then expell the kid/kids for good. School is NOT a right it’s a privilage. Throw the trouble makers out !!!

  • student from Sulligent

    I think it is a good thing to have this brodcasted. Even though u fill out that sheet they still dont stop bullying. Bullying has been around since before school was even thought of. Bullying wont stop no matter how hard people try. But people have no right to judge other people or harrass others even if just jokeing. Im a student at Sulligent High School i have been bullied all my life i have been to many diferent schools and they are bullys everwhere you go. I think that the golden rule “treat others as u want to be treated” has been completely ignored. So bullying is not just at sulligent but you should think wat would i do if that happen to me or my kids!!

  • Laura may

    This is heart breaking to me to see that this bullying and cruel treatment still exsist at Sulligent schools. I attented Sulligent Schools 25 yrs ago . I was treated very badly by many students. I hated going to school. I would come home crying almost everyday. On my very frist day of school at 5 yrs old I had a high school student ( JEFF TAYLOR) AND HIS TWIN BROTHERS LARRY AND BARRY TAYLOR call me ulgy and approach me and slap me on the back of the head and take his foot and stomp down on my foot as he said stop looking at me you are ulgy and you stink!! I was so scared and did not understand why this person was being so mean to me. The treatment did not stop there. It continued and got much worse for the next 9 yrs into the 8th grade untill My family moved away from Sulligent. I was harassed and treated very badly. I was called names, had students hit me, Pushed into lockers, Had my hair pulled, Told that I was ulgy and I stink, Students would stop in the halls and yell here comes stinky as everyone laughed and watched me walk down the hall, I had 5th and 6th grade, and high school students throw books at me, put chewing gum in my hair, laugh and call me names and spit at me as I walked down the hall to go to my classes. I was treated bad from the Frist grade it got much ,much worse when I enterd the 4th GRADE MRS. Joseph’S Class and into high school. I had got head lice at one time and some how my entire 4th grade knew upon my retrun to school. I was really abused mentally, and emontionally, and phisically upon my retrun to school. Everyone would yell here she comes get away from stinky she has headlice! My teacher wittnessed the cruel treatment and did nothing about it! I for many years had fears of trusting people because of the treatment I received during my years attented at sulligent schools. I can almost be certain that the bulling that this poor girl is going trough is the same cruel treatment I went trrough and it has to be STOPPED ONCE AND FOR ALL!!!
    No one deserves this type of treatment. I would love to share my story with the local news stations to send a message to Sulligent School Staff that this Cruel treatment will no longer be tolerated! If you agree or live in Suligent or have experienced this treatment at Sulligent Schools Please share your story comment to the news stations local paper in your home town or to any media that will listen. Its sad but looks like this is what will need take place to stop this CRUEL, HARASSEMENT AND ILLIGAL TREATMENT . No one should have to tolerate or go through life feeling like they are less of a person than the people around them. Please help stop the treatment this is the perfect opportunity now that the media already has a story. Speak out now Lets Stop this for Good! Share on your facebook page you agree. Lets make a difference!!

  • abby

    THIS GIRL UIS NO BETTER SHE TALKS ABOUT PEOPLE JUST LIKE PEOPLE TALK ABOUT CALLING THEM NAMES!!!

  • jen i know you are your my best friend and i love you and so people are just mean and dont know what they are talking about but im here for you jenn !!1

    annd ps …..i SEE you 🙂

  • *some*

  • this school is a really good school its just the people that go to it and they act like they dont have no raising !!

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