WVTM 13’S ZAVIER HARRIS SAT DOWN
WITH THE PARENTS FOR AN
INTERVIEW YOU WILL SEE ONLY ON
WVTM 13.>>THE VIDEO, VIEWED OVER 32,000
TIMES ON FACEBOOK, SHOWS A
13-YEAR-OLD STUDENT BEING
ATTACKED.>>THAT WAS A VERY COWARDLY ACT
TO COME UP BEHIND SOMEBODY.>>AFTER THE VIDEO WAS POSTED
ONLINE, OTHER STUDENTS’ PARENTS
SPOKE UP.>>MY SON, WHO’S IN THE SEVENTH
GRADE, WAS ATTACKED FROM BEHIND
TWICE IN THE SPACE OF AN HOUR.>>THAT WAS LIKE EIGHT LITTLE
GIRLS TRYING TO GANG UP ON MY
BABY.>>I ASKED THE PARENTS IF THEY
HAD SPOKEN WITH ANYONE IN SCHOOL
ADMINISTRATION.>>THEY WERE 100% NOT
INTERESTED. THEIR WORDS WERE, “HEY, WE HAVE
A LOT GOING ON HERE. WE JUST LET OUT A BUNCH OF FOLKS
FROM THIS DANCE, WE HAVE TO
DIRECT TRAFFIC.”
>>I ASKED THE SCHOOL’S
PRINCIPAL, ANDREW GUNN, FOR A
COMMENT ABOUT THE NOW VIRAL VIDEO SHOWING THE ATTACK AND HE
SAID IN PART, “SCHOOL STAFF
HANDLED THE SITUATION
IMMEDIATELY AND ACCORDING TO THE
SHELBY COUNTY CODE OF CONDUCT. SINCE THAT TIME, WE HAVE WORKED
WITH BOTH FAMILIES TO RESOLVE
THIS SITUATION BETWEEN THE TWO
STUDENTS INVOLVED.”
BUT THE PARENTS SAY THEY FELT
THE BARE MINIMUM HAD BEEN DONE.>>ONE DAY. WE SAW HE HAD THE OPTION TO GIVE
HER UP TO 10 DAYS, I WANTED TO
VOMIT.>>ALL PARENTS SAY THEY’VE FILED
POLICE REPORTS, BUT WERE TOLD
NOTHING COULD BE DONE BECAUSE IT
WAS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY. AND WHILE TALKING ABOUT THE
INCIDENTS OF BULLYING, ONE
PARENT, WHO DIDN’T WANT TO BE
IDENTIFIED, SAID SHE FOUND
DRAWINGS FROM HER CHILD WANTING
TO KILL HERSELF.>>I’M SO SORRY, I’M SORRY.>>MY CHILD IS SUICIDAL. YES. MY CHILD AS BEEN TO THE HOSPITAL
FOR IT. MY CHILD IS STRUGGLING TO STAY
ABOVE WATER.