Craven County mom wants bullying against her daughter to stop -

Craven County mom wants bullying against her daughter to stop

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A Craven County mom is trying to put a stop to what she claims is repeat bullying of her daughter.

Jennifer Vaughan from Vanceboro says her 13-year-old child, Katie, has a genetic condition that gives her the mental capacity of a 6-year-old, making her an easy target. Katie is a sixth grader at West Craven Middle School.

Her mother says other students have thrown food containers and paper at Katie, and called her profane names.

She says despite several complaints to the school system, the bullying continues, mostly on the school bus.

"She comes in, she's upset, she's agitated, hostile, it takes me forever to get her calmed down," said Vaughan.

Craven County schools released a statement saying they have taken action on the situation, but they did not say what type of action.

"The District takes bullying very seriously," said Jennifer Wagner, public information officer for Craven County Schools.

The school system has the following protocols in place for bullying:

Incidents of bullying are brought to the school district's attention via information from parents (e-mail or phone calls) or can be student initiated, or via by-standers.

Students can inform an adult of the alleged incident by writing a referral to their guidance counselor, posting an incident via the County's anonymous web based reporting form, by depositing a note in the bully box located at each school, or simply by telling an adult verbally or in writing.

When staff is made aware of an incident a thorough investigation is then launched by administration. This process involves students providing details such as where the incident happened, when the incident occurred, who is involved and how often has it happened.

Once information is gathered, and depending on the details, sometimes the SRO is invited to participate in the investigation as well as the rendering of consequences.

All students that participate in the investigation will provide written accounts of what they have witnessed or heard, and their parents are notified of their involvement and consequences if applicable.

Video from buses and within the school building are used depending on the situation.

If the allegations are confirmed, consequences, depending on the incident, can range from: Parent Conferences, In-school suspension, Out-of-school suspension, Bus Suspension, change in school schedules and/or class placements for the perpetrator not victim, charges from law enforcement through teen court or juvenile court, and/or completion of threat assessments (if threats have been issued).

Through the investigation, it is can be found that the incident is not bullying, but rather an on-going conflict between two or more students. When this is the case, guidance counselors are called in to help mediate the issues.

Guidance counselors will often follow-up over time to gauge any re-occurrence of the incident as a proactive measure. We always ask that parents and or students continue to notify us in the event that conditions do not improve.

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