Irvine School District in Orange County, California has a culture of bullying students. We've done everything to work it out but they've been retaliatory and committed the following offenses against victims:
When Veronica complained about being bullied, WHS principal and vice principal yelled at Veronica and her Mom.
WHS principal told Veronica no bullying happened and if it did, she's equally at fault and she should apologize to her bully. (Bully violated IUSD bully rules for 7 months and Veronica said one mean the last day.) In the reporting bullying meeting, I tried to show staff what Veronica dealt with but the principal kept saying that's not bullying, that's not bullying... only when I said "let me show you how your PE class works" his face became bright RED, fists clenched, he yelled at me "don't you talk to me like that!" Before I could answer, Veronica said "that's how I feel every day with the bully." The principal said nothing, I apologized because I'm not a bully and he kept his stance that Veronica is the bully.
When Veronica said her bully "would bounce back quicker than she would," the vice principal yelled at her "You don't know that! You don't know how he feels! You should care about him and his feelings!" Veronica became dejected and sullen. When asked what needs to happen to move on Veronica said "nothing can be done. I want to die."
It's been almost two months and WHS has failed to apologize for their hostile reaction when Veronica reported bullying, they refuse to abide by their own IUSD bully rules.
Veronica has a known medical diagnosis for depression and anxiety, Veronica has missed classes and been suicidal for two months because of WHS staff allowing and participating in bullying her.
WHS staff asked her to leave WHS for another school or go on home-hospital which completely excludes her from public education where they'd have to stop bullying.
Veronica lasted over a month, but due to the hostile environment by WHS staff, she finally dropped out of high school on May 1, 2012.
Veronica's a good student, she made A's and B's last semester. Even though she's a freshman, she adapted to high school and was succeeding despite her medical problems.
Now, Veronica dropped out of WHS on medical leave due to WHS allowing and participating in bullying, creating a hostile environment for all students, especially victims.
Veronica shouldn't have to leave WHS for another high school when her local public school is at fault for increasing her depression and suicidal ideation.
Please tell WHS and the school board that a hostile bullying environment is unacceptable. Hold the principal and vice principal accountable and transform WHS into a positive safe school.
It's bad enough that the principal and vice principal yelled at Veronica and her mom when they were reporting the bullying, they should be fired. They still failed to apologize in two months to provide Veronica with a safe school, the IUSD bully rule isn't obeyed in WHS. We've made previous bullying complaints about WHS staff and nothing was done to resolve them either.
Furthermore, they told Veronica's mom that she has to tell them every time the laws aren't abided by WHS staff instead of the principal and vice principal making sure their staff obey the law which is their responsibility. And when she does complain, they excuse it.
Not only the student Bully bullied Veronica but WHS staff are bullying her too. We need positive public schools creating our leaders of the future with support for their civil rights.
Now, unbelievably, the school district office told me school staff is never fired, even for bullying students.
*In the past month, in our IUSD district, a sweet 2nd grader complained to the principal she’s being bullied. The principal told her and her mother that she’s welcome to sit in the principal’s office during recess so she won’t be bullied. But that means the bully victim can't have recess and the Bully can! No action was taken to stop the bullying. The student and her mom feel there’s no other choice than to change schools. A public school is responsible for stopping bullying, not kicking the good kids out! That doesn’t help anyone. Resolving and stopping bully behavior is good for everyone.
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- IRVINE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
I just signed the following petition addressed to: IRVINE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT.
SCHOOLS MUST STOP BULLYING STUDENTS
IUSD has a pattern of victimizing the bully victim. When students complain they're being bullied, they're told to "stay in the office during recess", "avoid the bully", and strongly encouraged to change schools if they don't feel safe. In Veronica's case, the bully lied, the principal lied, vice principal lied, a police officer lied, they all accused the bully victim of being HIS bully. She's been suicidal for two months.
Can you imagine having to say you're sorry to your bully!
She dropped out of high school because of it. The saddest thing is she's not the only one! It's rampant in our school district! WE NEED HELP!
We want positive honest safe schools for our students, they're our future. STOP the bullying, it's your job! When adult school staff abuse their power over parents and students, bullying or allowing bullying, they should be fired!
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