Family protests following alleged bullying

April 18, 2012 2:14:49 PM PDT
A family is taking action after they say they are not getting the response they want following an alleged bullying incident.

Dominic Low's grandmother protested outside his Chapel Hill middle school Tuesday after she felt Phillips Middle School did not adequately punish students allegedly involved with bullying her grandson last month in the school bathroom.

The rest of the six grader's family joined her Wednesday morning with pictures of the boy's injuries.

"I had been jumped by 12 kids, and I got big bruises and I was hurt," Low said. "So when I came home I told my mom and she tried to do something, but when she told the teachers nobody would did anything."

Low's mother told ABC11 that that was why she was protesting outside her son's school -- to bring awareness to the problem and to get the school to do something about it.

"I want my child to feel safe to go to school," Jessica Low said. "I have another child who's supposed to come to school here next year and she is scared and does not want to be here."

She said she's unhappy with how the school has handled a couple incidents involving her son this year, including the most recent allegation of bullying.

However, a spokesperson for the superintendent's office said there may be more to the story and that they cannot comment on the punishments that have already been handed out due to student confidentiality.

School officials also said they have been in contact with the Low family and are willing to hear any additional concerns.

"The family has met with the principal and they've also met with the executive director of school leadership at our central office ... have we invited the family to meet with the Superintendent Tom Forcella on Friday," said Stephanie Knott with Chapel Hill-Carborro City Schools.

Jessica Low said she and her son will meet with the superintendent, but said it might take a school transfer to resolve the issue.

Phillips Middle School's principal told ABC11 over the phone Wednesday that she was limited to what she could say about the case, but reiterated that she and the school district take bullying very seriously and felt they had properly handled the situation.

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