Student who fought back punished - - Jackson, MS

Student who fought back punished

BROOKHAVEN, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Schelita Bowman says her daughter, 17-year-old Dee, is not a troublemaker. But less than two months into the school year at Brookhaven High, Dee has been sent to the alternative school.

"I'm getting kind of emotional right now, because she doesn't belong there," Bowman tells us, fighting back tears.

Bowman says Dee has been bullied numerous times by two other female students, and Dee has reported it like she's supposed to. "She came home one evening, told me the bullier elbowed her in the hallway. Another incident, she came home and said they were picking at her in the cafeteria," she says.

Bowman says a few weeks ago she went to school herself, and talked to an assistant principal about the bullying. She thought the matter would have been resolved, but she says that same night at the football game, another incident occurred.

"Her bullier came up to her, pushed her several times, shoving her in her back," Bowman tells us. "My daughter had to defend herself. She fought her bullier back."

Bowman says she was told that because the harassment had been reported before by Dee and by herself, Dee received 23 days at the alternative school. The other girl received the full 45 days.

"She can no longer participate in the homecoming production. Also, they told me she will no longer be able to attend football games, basketball games, for the rest of the school year," Bowman says.

Coincidentally, a bullying summit was held in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, September 21. Statistics brought up at the summit reveal that 1 in 3 students report being bullied. "Students who are bullied are more likely to struggle in school, they're more likely to skip class, more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol," says U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Because of that, Bowman says, Brookhaven High School administrators should do more to prevent it. 

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