Mother Of Bullied Student Has Had Enough

By: Ann McIntire Email
By: Ann McIntire Email

A mother is at the end of her rope. She said her daughter has been bullied for years and now it's turned violent. She is accusing a school district of not doing enough to stop it.

Sarah and Brad Odell are frustrated. They say their daughter Cheyenne has been bullied since her freshman year at Millard South High School. "She said they're throwing food at me in the lunchroom,'" said Sarah.

It got worse. Sarah said her daughter was attacked in the locker room and picked on constantly. "It was about an everyday occurrence that I was calling the principal, Cheyenne's getting bullied again, this is happening, this is happening."

Then last Friday there was a fight. Cheyenne was lured to Andersen Middle School. A girl from another school, Millard North, began fighting her while countless other students watched.

The fight went on for nearly a minute as the other student beat Cheyenne's head into the ground. "It just kills me, sorry," said Sarah through tears.

She is disturbed by how many students stood by to watch her daughter be beaten and how many even then used their cell phones to record it. That was then perpetuated on social media sites like Facebook.

Sarah says the man who took one video is the other girl's brother because he bragged about it on his Twitter site. "They're texting, they're tweeting, that goes all over the place, they have 300, 400 followers on Twitter and Facebook," said Sarah.

Both girls involved in the fight were suspended for 19 days. Cheyenne has a broken nose and could need plastic surgery. "Nobody deserves that, nobody, not even the person who beat her up deserves something like that. It's not right, these are just children."

At this point, Sarah feels she has nowhere to turn for help. "It's mentally just draining."

Sarah said her daughter became the target because of social media bullying and rumors spreading about her from students at both Millard North and Millard South. She said they have pressed charges, however, because it's a juvenile case, police are not releasing the other girl's name.

The school district said it cannot comment on individual students, but would say it takes bullying very seriously. The district does operate a Safe Schools Hotline, which lets students call anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week to report bullying. The number is 1-888-809-4754.

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