BISMARCK, N.D. — A mother is pushing the Bismarck School District to change its policies regarding bullying.
Kristin Wentz-Krumwiede said her daughter was so badly harassed that she began stuttering after being bullied by another student at her middle school.
The school changed the girl’s schedule to avoid interaction with the other student, made teachers aware of the situation and said it would watch for any further incidents, The Bismarck Tribune reported. The school also had both students sign a contract to stay away from each other, which Wentz-Krumwiede said seemed to further traumatized her daughter.
“From that point, she started stuttering again,” the mother said.
Bismarck Public Schools Superintendent Tamara Uselman said privacy laws barred her from discussing the girl’s case. But she said the district’s policies prohibit bullying and harassment in schools.
“If a single child is bullied, then bullying is a problem,” Uselman said, noting that staff members are trained yearly on the district’s bullying policy.
Wentz-Krumwiede said she wants more information about the investigation of her daughter’s harassment and what was being done. She also plans to take her suggestions to the local school board, with 60 people saying they stand in support.
“I want to know how my kid is being kept safe, and telling me that school consequences are in place does not help me at all,” she said.
The mother took to Facebook when her daughter’s sister was harassed by the same student, and the post was shared hundreds of times. She said she wants to ensure such harassment doesn’t happen to another student.
Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com