THEIR CHARTER SCHOOL TAKES THREATS SERIOUSLY, THE PRINCIPAL SAID AFTERWARDS. THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND THE PUBLIC SCHOOL OFFICIALS BOTH AGREED THAT THE THREATS THE BULLIES MADE BEFOREHAND DIDN’T WARRANT EXPULSION…
This girl was the victim of bullying. She has been picked on. She was victimized, so the school punished her and protected the bullies. The article reports the details:
Breona Bradley thought she chose a safe option by placing her daughter, Makiyha, into a charter school instead of the regular elementary and middle schools assigned to her Jacksonville neighborhood.
Now she doubts that. Charter schools, she said recently, can have the same issues with bullying as district schools and the way they handle it can be just as frustrating.
But trouble started this school year with a new student who targeted Makiyha and got other students involved in bullying, she said.
“Every day she was being called fat, being called a b—, being called a dog or a ho’. This is what my daughter hears every day,” Bradley said.
Recently, in mid-April, an Instagram page appeared on some students’ cell phones. The page was supposed to look like Makiyha created it – it had her picture – but her name was misspelled.
In the text Makiyha appeared to be threatening to “shoot up” the school.
Police were called. Bradley explained that Makiyha had sent that photo to a school friend. Bradley warned school and police that the bullying was getting worse; some students had threatened to “jump” Makiyha.
It wasn’t an idle threat. The next day in gym, a group of eight girls and boys “jumped” Makiyha, hitting and kicking her. A teacher grabbed one student but the brawl spread into the hallway, partially caught on school video, Bradley said.
Makiyha suffered bruises and a red face, but her feeling of safety was gone, Bradley said. Since the fight, Makiyha cries in her sleep.
Bradley tried unsuccessfully to file a battery charge against the students and tried to get the ringleader expelled. But the school suspended Makiyha for five days for participating in the fight.
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The school principal suspended this young girl for trying to defend herself. Why?