Support education to prevent/stop sexual violence and bullying in all schools within the U.S., starting with Columbia Public Schools in Mississippi
  • Petitioning Marietta W. James, Ed.D.

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Columbia School District, Columbia Public Schools Administration .
Marietta W. James, Ed.D.
Lt. Gov.Of Mississippi
Lt.Gov Tate Reeves
US Senator for Mississippi
Thad Cochran
Mississippi Governor
Mississippi State Senate
Mississippi State House
Mississippi
Gov. Tate Reeves
Mississippi
Gov. Phil Bryant

Support education to prevent/stop sexual violence and bullying in all schools within the U.S., starting with Columbia Public Schools in Mississippi

    1. Michayla Owens
    2. Petition by

      Michayla Owens

      Columbia, MS

Stand with me to tell those in power that all students deserve to feel safe in school and that Marion County Schools needs to adopt a policy of anti bullying.

My name is Michayla Owens. I’m sixteen years old, and I attend Columbia High School in Mississippi. I was fifteen when I was sexually assaulted by two boys at the high school.

The sexual assault took place on November 11th, 2012 after a positive incentive trip for good students at Columbia High School. It happened right on school grounds, in one of the school bathrooms. After the field trip, the bus returned us to the school. After getting off the bus, I entered the building. I was forced into a bathroom stall, Pants removed, and sexually assaulted. One of them is a football player and one used to play football. Three boys were arrested that night, but only two are being charged. At the hospital, a rape kit was done that night, and I had to testify against these boys in court. I was so traumatized after the incident that I didn’t want to return to my own school. After a few days, I decided I wanted to face my fears and go back to school, but the Principal sent me back home. The principal decided to suspend me for going into the school the night of the sexual assault and didn’t let me come back for another 4 days. My grandmother went to the school almost every day to ask for my class work and she was never given anything to bring home for me. Because of the way the situation was being handled, I felt like I was being blamed for the assault. When I came back to school, everyone hated me because they thought I lied. No one had heard my story, but many rumors had circulated in my absence, and people believed them. I’ve been bullied to the point where I’m am about to give up.

This is still going on to this day. I used to have to eat in the restroom, and hide at break time in the bathroom. I’m scared and I wish this could all be over. Everyone hates me and they call me names like useless, easy, hoe, slut, liar, fat, and more. Sometimes I question myself and wonder if maybe it was my fault, BUT IT WAS NOT MY FAULT. People ask why I didn’t scream… well I was so scared, and I didn’t want to get them in trouble because they were my friends. I was embarrassed, and didn’t want the boys to turn the situation around. I would never in a million years think (as a fifteen year old at the time) that my teenage friends would do something like this. It's not okay to force sex on a girl when she clearly doesn’t want it. I made it clear to these boys that I didn’t want to engage in any sexual activities with them. People need to understand the facts about sexual violence and guidance should be provided to children before they enter high school. It is very important to me to do whatever I can to stop this from happening to others. I would hope no other girl ever has to go through what I have.

I've reported to the Principal many times about kids harassing me every day, and there hasn't been any consequences for any of them. I feel like I have been charged with a crime, instead of the other way around. I am not being offered any protection from the continuing abuse. Bullying is very serious, and can ruin a child’s life.

My family and I have been affected by this in so many tragic ways. I have so much anger inside because of the pain I am forced to deal with at school as a result of this sexual assault. I end up taking out my anger on my family. Also, my family blames themselves for this happening to me. I want to take action to prevent this from happening to anyone else in the future. THERE ARE CURRENTLY NO POLICY GUIDELINES REGARDING BULLYING WITHIN COLUMBIA SCHOOLS, AND NO PUNISHMENT FOR THE BULLIES, AND THERE SHOULD BE! Kids should feel safe and protected at school, so learning can be the focus. It’s time for change, and I want to increase awareness in the general public, students, teachers and principals as to how devastating bullying and sexual violence can be.

Administrators cannot govern themselves, will not red flag themselves by making (TRUE) yearly safety data reports. Bullies get three days in school suspension (sometimes), only to get out and pulverize Victims again worse

The boys charges were Dismissed ad they were set free on May 3rd, 2013.

It should be required that every young student should be respectfully educated on the topic of sexual violence before they enter high school. I am also petitioning for Columbia Public Schools to make policy guidelines stating that once a student is justly reported for bullying three times, the corrective measures must include a minimum suspension of 3 days. We need better policies in schools against bullying. Stand with me to tell those in power that all students deserve to feel safe in school and that Blank County Schools needs to adopt a policy of anti bullying. I hope you will take action.

Please sign my petition to help me fight back against bullying and sexual assault.

 

Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. Disturbing Comment by Columbia, Ms Mayor

      Michayla Owens
      Petition Organizer

      The Mayor Of Columbia, Reed Houston, made a negative Comment to the Grandparents of Michayla Owens a few weeks back which was

      "If It was me, I wouldn't tell anyone this happened." -Reed Houston

      How could anyone that is a leader speak such horrible things about a child that has been going through so much pain? Lets keep this petition alive and spread the word ! Tweet the link on twitter #Michaylatakesaction !

    3. Spread the Word ! Tweet It !

      Michayla Owens
      Petition Organizer

      http://thefbomb.org/2013/04/taking-a-stand-why-im-fighting-for-sexual-assault-education/
      I wanna Thank Thefbomb For teaming up with us to share my story.

      We have been making a huge progress on getting the word out. Share and keep Tweeting about #becausewecantakeastand and #PreventIt . Also make sure you tweet all celebs the link. Thank you and I appreciate all that stand by me and the victims of this terrible violence.
      Spread the Word ! ♥

      Taking A Stand: Why I'm Fighting For Sexual Assault Education | fbomb

      Feminism | Posted by Michayla Owens on 04/19/2013 Taking A Stand: Why I'm Fighting For Sexual Assault Education My name is Michayla Owens. I'm sixteen years old, and I attend Columbia High School in Mississippi. I was fifteen when I was sexually assaulted by two boys at my high school.

    4. Thank You TheFbomb.org

      Michayla Owens
      Petition Organizer

      I wanna Thank TheFbomb for Teaming up with me in sharing my story on
      http://thefbomb.org/2013/04/taking-a-stand-why-im-fighting-for-sexual-assault-education/

      We have been making a huge progress on getting the word out. Share and keep Tweeting about #becausewecantakeastand and #PreventIt . Also make sure you tweet all celebs the link. Thank you and I appreciate all that stand by me and the victims of this terrible violence.

    5. Judges Decision !

      Michayla Owens
      Petition Organizer

      May 3rd, 2013 The Court Case was dismissed. The boys are free and were not charged with anything. Everything was dropped. I was devastated and hurt. I still am. They may not have been found guilty,but I promise I will keep fighting for others and I will not give up. I need all of your help to make this petition successful. Lets give in to Prevent Violence.

    6. Update On Laws Against Sexual Violence

      Michayla Owens
      Petition Organizer

      Bottom line is that us girls and women appreciate this Bill passed, but it dosen't prevent sexual violence in our Country. I am still fighting to have students eduacated on Sexual violence for there knowledge during Middle School. Young children need to be aware and no that when someone rejects sex or any sexual activity it is a crime when they force it on he/she. President Obama needs to be more focused on Preventing Sexual Violence rather then being focused on Healing the victims.
      -Michayla Owens

      www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/03/07/violence-against-women-act-ensures-all-victims-and-survivors-domestic-abuse-get-reso?utm_source=email202&utm_medium=text1&utm_campaign=vawa

      No One Should Have to Live in Fear of Violence | The White House

      Thanks to the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act, which President Obama signed today, thousands of women and men across the country who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking will be able to access resources they need in their communities to help heal from their trauma

    7. Reached 50 signatures
    8. 11 Facts About Bullying ♥

      Michayla Owens
      Petition Organizer

      1. Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year.

      2. 1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and will only intervene 4 percent of the time.

      3. Approximately 160,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying.

      4. 1 in 7 students in grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying.

      5. 56 percent of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school.

      6. Over two-thirds of students believe that schools respond poorly to bullying, with a high percentage of students believing that adult help is infrequent and ineffective.

      7. 71 percent of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school.

      8. 90 percent of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying.

      9. 1 out 10 students drop out of school because of repeated bullying.

      10. Harassment and bullying have been linked to 75 percent of school-shooting incidents.

      11. Physical bullying increases in elementary school, peaks in middle school and declines in high sch

    9. - michelle cox

      Michayla Owens
      Petition Organizer

      Bottom line school administration is not an advocate for the student, and do not strictly enforce the student code of conduct in policy. Yes they do get a three day in school suspension, but then repeat the assault, joined by new recruits. Counselors cannot counsel because of the many, many little do lists they are burdened with by the principal, that have nothing to do with counseling 500 students. School administration (most) are all about the money not the kids. They cannot loose their bully headcount to a ("DAEP') disciplinary alternative school, transfer or juvi. They will not report safety issues and bring a red flag on themselves. Schools cannot govern themselves. They cannot be held responsible for negligent care of minors, because of the sovereign immunity umbrella of protection for government employees. They are seen as a third party, NOT a Caretaker as the law is written. Not one case has made it passed a federal judge to jury, to change the laws to protect children on Bully

      WWW.SCHOOLBUSTERS.ORG

      Thank you for Media Coverage From media Interviews by WFAA Channel 8 News, CBS 21, Miss TX Belinda Ramsey!, The Athens Review, The Corsicana Daily news, The Kerens Tribune, The Lewsiville TX City Hall.

    10. Pledge To Take Action !

      Michayla Owens
      Petition Organizer

      [IMG]http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b583/MichaylaL/8ceeffdf-f93b-4cc6-b5e3-4bf0f9cce900_zps39ff0455.jpg[/IMG]

      Michayla Made Posters and Put them up in Her Front Yard for everyone that passes by to see. She has been staying Strong ! Thank you for all who Supports her.

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    11. Reached 25 signatures
    12. Comments !

      Michayla Owens
      Petition Organizer

      PLEASE LEAVE COMMENTS ON WHAT YOU THINK AND HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT ME SHARING MY STORY !

    13. Reached 5 signatures
    14. Court

      Michayla Owens
      Petition Organizer

      Our third court appearance will be on March 22nd, 2013. We have Contacted Wdam, News Cnn and More.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Jeremiah Haynes COLUMBIA, MS
      • over 1 year ago

      Because she's my friend and I don't like bullying because the bullying also happens to me and nobody does anything.

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    • India Albini LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      Why wouldn't this be important to you is the real question...

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    • Lindsey Cahoon VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
      • over 1 year ago

      I feel like this is self-explanatory

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    • Prue Dawson JAN JUC, AUSTRALIA
      • over 1 year ago

      Sexual assault is the tip of the ice berg in how girls constantly violated. I truly honour your courage. I respect you totally

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    • LaCretia Burgess WELLSVILLE, UT
      • over 1 year ago

      Everyone should be educated about something so important.

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