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Demand accounting from principal of middle school with bullying problem

On September 9, 2013; 12-year-old Rebecca Selwick committed suicide due to over a year of rampant bullying from as many as 15 girls at Crystal Lake Middle School in Lakeland, Florida.  The bullying not only took place during school hours, but also online.  Rebecca's mother, Tricia Norman, said she told Crystal Lake principal Chris Canning and other administrators about the bullying, but only cursory (if any) action was taken.  The bullying got so severe that Norman was forced to take Rebecca out of school midway through last year and put her in a new school for the beginning of this year.  However, the bullying continued unabated online, and Rebecca eventually got to the point that she couldn't take any more.  Making this even more grotesque are claims from several students and parents at Crystal Lake that bullying is a serious problem there.

If these claims are in fact true, then Canning has failed in the most basic duty of a principal--to provide a safe environment for his students.  The Polk County School Board is investigating the incident, but any investigation would be a joke unless it demands a full accounting from Canning about the bullying problem at Crystal Lake, and how he handled Rebecca's situation in particular.  If it is in fact true that he didn't respond appropriately to Norman's complaints, then the only appropriate remedy is for Canning to be fired.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Superintendent, Polk County Public Schools
    Kathryn LeRoy
  • Chairwoman, Polk County School Board
    Hazel Sellers
  • Vice-Chairwoman, Polk County School Board
    Kay Fields
  • Member, Polk County School Board
    Hunt Berryman
  • Member, Polk County School Board
    Lori Cunningham
  • Member, Polk County School Board
    Dick Mullenax
  • Member, Polk County School Board
    Debra Wright
  • Member, Polk County School Board
    Tim Harris

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