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    Wow! Where to begin. I have the stories of both of my children to share.

    One is 16 now, a sophmore in high school. His middle school years at Haltom Middle School were terrible. I made many many trips to the school, talking with teachers, vice principals, principals, etc. He was stabbed on three different occassions by the same child, with a mechanical pencil. The third time we filed at Haltom Police Department, only to have that dismissed. He had his glasses broken, and received a black eye by a group of his known bullies. He sought out the help of his school nurse when that happened. He told her the story of what happened to him and asked if he could have some ice for his eye, and if she could help him repair his glasses. I was informed of what happened to him after school (not by anyone from the school, and I immediately called the school. After their investigation, although my son did have broken glasses and a very visible black eye, no one was at fault. What is worse is that the nurse had no recollection of my son going to her for help. By the end of the year I had had enough.

    I called the Superintendant's office once again and insisted to be told what was going to be done about these instances. I was told by Dr. Kemp that his recommendation to me would be to move my son to a different district. WHAT???? So you are NOT willing to fix the problem. We made it through middle school with him. However, the damage is done. He is not social at all. He keeps to himself, is very withdrawn. He doesn't feel worthy of attention or praise. It hurts me, to see him hurting like this. His Freshman year one of his teachers called me to ask if she could ask a personal question about my son. Just through her observation of him in her class, the way he doesn't draw attention to himself, the way he keeps quiet, never talks, never raises his hand, never participates, etc. she was curious if he had ever been bullied. Wow! A teacher that observes and calls to consult a parent! Amazing! During our discussion to told me that my son showed so many signs of a bullied child that she just had to call. She couldn't just let it go. There are teachers out there that care, that want to help. We just need more of them!

    On to my second son. He is 12 and in the sixth grade at Haltom Middle School. It has been an ongoing dilemma there with him being bullied. Not only by students, but by teachers as well. He started the school year his happy, helpful self, but by mid October the drama began. Now, I felt we could easily and quickly fix this as I had been through this with my other child and knew the proper measures to take. Goodness I was wrong. One of the things that I learned with my oldest son was to not let things go, to address them immediately. So, we did/do. My son has filed 35 incident reports this year so far. I have spent so many hours at the school or on the phone with someone from the school. He is repeatedly called the same vulgar names, he has had pornographic material put in his face, he has been punched, choked, kicked, shoved, and even had a group of boys attempt to crush him with a piano. He was taking shelter behind that piano because they were throwing pencils and pens at him. When my son tried to get the attention of the teacher, who was teaching another class, he was asked if he wanted to be removed from the class and sent to the library to do paperwork instead of practice. WHAT???? Why remove the child that is not creating the problems? Why not discipline the children that are breaking plenty of school policies? Everytime I contact the school about a situation, I am told that because of privacy laws they cannot divulge information, but assure me that matters are being dealt with. So, why does this continue to escalate?

    Things have been so constant and so bad that my son is now on immediate defense with everyone. At home, he is still my boy, but when he is at school he is someone else. I would be too if I had to face that on a daily basis. As for the teachers, he has a group of teachers that band together and bully him as well. One of his teachers, and english teacher, took it upon herself to put together some "reading material and quiz" for my son. It was an anger management assessment test and reading information about how you have anger problems and what you should do to deal with them. WHAT???? Where are her certifications/qualifications to allow her to give him such material? When did she call me and ask my permission to do such a thing??? It is not only a violation of school law, but of state and federal law too to do what she did!!!!! Same teacher, different situation. She had my son afterschool to catch up on some work. He was not "pleasing" her with his work so she had him call me. He forgot to tell me something she insisted he should have told me, so she told him to call back. She didn't realize the call had gone through and when I picked up my end of the phone I heard her screaming at my son at the top of her lungs. I am mad, frustrated, furious. I could go on for hours with all kinds of stories just from this short school year alone. I've filed grievances to have them dismissed. Not because the teacher was not found at fault, but because I didn't file in a timely manner. Is that not crazy??????

    Well, I know it was long, and I assure you the stories I told are not complete. Just little tid bits of the struggle my children and I face with this school district. Thank you for reading, caring, and please, if you have a story, share it.

    Thank you or giving us a place where we can be heard. I know our stories are not falling on deaf ears here. Thank you so much for that!

    May 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStacy

    Wow, sorry to have notice your storie so late!!! My son just started 6th grade, and I have spoken to the vice principal and principal of issues that are suppose to be notifiy to the parents and they dont do it..... They look at you like your crazy!! On top of this a teachers responce and the vice principal was "Parents just dont care of what happens in school!!" another one is "Well we dont have time to call the parents of everything that happens in school!" WHAT REALLY??? Unfortunately our kids have to go to this schools because its where they got to go.... I think we should stand up and speak to see if we can be heard from BISD, as not only Haltom Middle is bad, but also the Haltom High School and some and others!!!!

    December 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaria