Bullying is a word no parent wants to hear or even think about when it comes to their own child’s safety. School districts around the area have added policies to address bullying, cracked down on it, and even had the training to help promote “anti-bullying” agendas. Despite the progress by many schools, the parents of some students in the Liberty Eylau School District feel that enough is not being done in the district.
At this time three parents have come forward and contacted the Four States News with complaints about the Liberty Eylau schools. One parent has pointed out that bullying of her daughter has been going on for well over three school years now with no real action from the district. Another parent indicated that bullying has progressed from verbal threats of violence and even sexual threats to acts of violence and sexual assault. There is a police report being investigated at this time.
One parent stated that much of the bullying has now progressed into assault and even sexual assault for her daughter. She has reported this to campus police, and there is an investigation going according to the parent, but no action or corrective action has been taken as of this date. This parent stated that since she has reported the incidents, she has now learned there are other parents with the same problems for their children. The parent said that “we are banding together to make a statement and to not let our daughters’ voices be left unheard.” Based on her initial discussions, she feels the problem is district-wide, and while her daughter’s incident occurred at the middle school, she has been notified of issues in other schools within the district as well. The parent said it was not okay for these students to continue in mainstream school while her daughter and others live in fear of being bullied daily.
Last Friday several local bikers including members of the Texarkana Fallen Bikers Memorial Wall and others joined together to escort the children to school in an effort to promote “Stomp Out Bullying” at Liberty Eylau and make a positive impact. The bullying has allegedly affected not only young girls in the district but also many of the young boys in the schools. After the escort last Friday morning, one parent attempted to escort her child into the school and was denied access. When she questioned why she could not enter the school to help her child feel comfortable, she was told that only her child could enter. The parent stated that no other reasons were provided for why they could not enter the school and they only stated that “no adults would enter the school.” Options such as signing in at the office and visiting her child’s classroom were not offered. When the parent asked about eating breakfast or lunch with her child, it was denied as well despite those options being part of the daily options for parents in the district.
Overall the parents are merely asking the officials at the Liberty Eylau school district to address the problem of bullying at the schools. They feel that they have brought it to the district’s attention and at this time the district has done nothing to address their concerns. They now think they have no choice except to reach to outside news sources, connect with other parents, and band together to address their concerns. The Liberty Eylau Handbook states on page 38 that Bullying is prohibited by the district. The handbook goes on to describe how the district will investigate and who may report bullying. The handbook also notes that bullying may be reported on the district’s website and that it may be reported anonymously. Anyone having knowledge of Bullying, assault, or sexual assault occurring on any Liberty Eylau campus is encouraged to contact the district and report it. The district offers the online reporting at Liberty Eylau Website. Those feeling their concerns are not adequately addressed, may reach out to other parents and local authorities.