Fruita mother says school didn’t follow bullying policy
A fight at Fruita 8-9 School sent a freshman to the hospital last week.
The student's mother is upset, saying School District 51 failed to enforce its no bullying policy.
"I drove to the school just hysterical. I get there and I see my daughter and she's just so beat up," Carrie Thrall said.
Thrall says her freshman daughter is a victim of extreme bullying.
She says her student saw some girls snorting drugs in a bathroom. Wanting to stay anonymous, she gave a statement to the principle.
"When they saw my daughters report they started threatening her, calling her names," Thrall said.
Thrall says school staff knew about the threats. But on Friday at lunch, a bully attacked her daughter.
"This girl just pile drived her, knocked her down,” Thrall explained. “The other kids that I’ve talked to say my daughter was unresponsive, that she wasn't even moving.”
Christy McGee, with School District 51, says, "We have no bullying policy. We have a no fighting policy. If we know that something is coming up then we will investigate but you can only act on what you know.”
District 51 says it takes all bullying claims and reports seriously, but Thrall says that wasn’t her experience. She wants her children to feel safe at school.
"I think all kids have a right to an education in a safe environment and anyone that makes that environment unsafe doesn't deserve to get that same kind of education," Thrall said.
As part of procedure, District 51 says it’s investigating this incident and there will be consequences for those involved. By law it can't talk about what those consequences will be.
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