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Parents will bring bullying concerns to CCISD trustees

Posted at 10:52 AM, Feb 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-11 00:10:37-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Bullying has become an increased concern for parents who send their kids to CCISD schools.

Just last week we brought you the story of a student at Gloria Hicks Elementary who lost part of his finger in what the family says was a bullying incident.

Tonight, several parents are planning to discuss the affects bullying has had on their children at the CCISD board meeting.

Those parents joined forces to create the "Stop Bullying in CCISD" Facebook page. They say the abuse and constant bullying is not being resolved.

Mandi De Leon said her 8-year-old daughter's life was threatened by another student at Blanche Moore Elementary.

"So my biggest fear is something is going to happen to her one day," De Leon said. "Or she is going to end up actually taking her life or trying to hurt herself because she gets bullied every day, literally coming home crying every single day because nobody listens to her."

De Leon said a letter was sent home acknowledging her daughter had been bullied, but nothing happened after that.

Dahlia Rushing said she had a similar experience in the past, when her student was being bullied at Ella Barnes Elementary.

"He felt like he was a failure, and I tried to tell him, you're not," Rushing said. "It's not your fault. It's the school system that's letting you down."

Many of those parents are blaming school leaders for how they are handling sometimes-violent situations.

Several parents KRIS 6 News spoke to today said they moved their students to other schools in hopes that their situations would improve.

“Finally, somebody is getting together and doing something about it,” said Rushing. “I’m hoping that they will change.That when somebody writes a bully report, that they will check into it.”

The public comment portion of the meeting is set to begin around 6 p.m.

CCISD police officers are helping combat bullying throughout the district with a program called "The Bullyproof Project."

Bullyproof project

The officers travel to local elementary schools and teach a series of six lessons that offer solutions on how to stop bullying.

Students discuss good decision-making, how to be a good person, and goal-setting with the officers.