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Clinton Mother Says Girl Cut Wrists After Bullying
A 14 year old girl in Clinton took scissors to her wrists after she was allegedly bullied at school. She is now alright, but her mother is upset that the school district did not do more to address the issue before it got to that point.
"The group of kids that had been picking on her had been saying she stinks or she's fat," Heather Anderson said. Her 14-year old daughter started the school year at Clinton Junior High School. Heather says peers made fun of her 8th grader, who has a learning disability. She claims she reported the alleged bullying, several times over the past couple of years.
"If something has been said and you feel nothing has been done about it in the past, some people like in my daughter's case think why should you speak up and say anything more?"
What followed is something no one expected. "She cut herself. [Counselors] diagnosed her as a cutter as a result of depression from bullying."
Clinton schools superintendent Dr. Jeff Holmes is adamant that every complaint of bullying is investigated by the principal and a counselor. The district also has a new initiative this year with a bullying report to clarify what happened. He rejects the claim that the district hasn't handled previous complaints.
"Something was done," Holmes said. "What wasn't done is we didn't expel the student according to what the mother wanted to happen. that's not our first avenue of discipline, to remove a student from school over a particular bullying incident if it wasn't of the severity level that would require removal from school. you deal with these situations on a case by case basis."
The 14 year old girl now attends a private school and is getting counseling.
Holmes says punishment for bullying ranges from detention to suspension and in some cases expulsion if necessary.