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Ben Hill Co. second grader gets stuck on backroom stall hook

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8 year old Triston Roberts says classmates hung him on a bathroom stall hook 8 year old Triston Roberts says classmates hung him on a bathroom stall hook
School officials say Triston climbed onto the hook by himself School officials say Triston climbed onto the hook by himself
School Superintendent Nancy Whidden  says they follow state Anti-Bullying policy School Superintendent Nancy Whidden says they follow state Anti-Bullying policy
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BEN HILL COUNTY, GA (WALB) -

A Ben Hill County mother says she's determined to stop bullying in the schools system.

April Roberts says her 8-year old son was a victim of bullying; dangled from a hook in a school restroom by other students. But the school system says that's not what happened.

Roberts dropped her second grader off at school thinking it was a normal day, until she got the call.

"At 11:40 a.m., Mr. Steve Dennard, his IEP teacher, informed me that there had been an accident," says Roberts.

Her son, Triston Roberts, was found hanging by his shirt in the boys bathroom at Ben Hill County Primary School.

"I went into a stall to use the bathroom and then whenever I opened the door, these six people were doing like this and I don't know why and then they hung me on the hook," says Triston.

Roberts immediately took her son to a nearby hospital where doctors found scratches and marks all over Triston's body.

Roberts says the school and Fitzgerald Police have dropped the investigation. The school claims he might have gotten onto the hook by himself.

"There is a possibility that there could have been an accident, if he were swinging on the stall sometimes as children frequently do," says school Superintendent, Nancy Whidden.

The stall Triston was found in was a special handicap stall that was larger than normal and the hook on the door is around 5'9" off the ground, which is a foot taller than 4'8" Triston.

Regardless of what happened that day, Roberts says the school system's anti-bullying policy isn't strict enough.

"A bully has to have a record of bullying before they will do something. They have to bully three times and there be a record of it before they will do anything to that child," says Roberts.

"The state law guides our bully policy and we do follow that policy," says Whidden.

But when I asked the Superintendent what that specific policy was, she couldn't tell us.

"I can't quote the policy to you," says Whidden.

Roberts say it's not just about Triston. She wants all students to have the chance to go to school and not feel like they'll be picked on. She's organizing Anti-Bullying rallies to try to protect students in Ben Hill County.

Triston is Autistic and was assigned an IEP teacher who was supposed to be with him at all times. But that day, her son was sent to the bathroom alone.

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