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Grady Co. parents speak out against bullying

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CAIRO, GA (WALB) -

The parents of a Grady County Middle School student are speaking out tonight saying their son is the victim of severe bullying.

James and Tracey Bauldree claim their 13-year old son has been choked, slapped, and beaten up at school.

Grady County School officials say they take bullying seriously and investigate every complaint, but the family says administrators aren't doing enough.

Tracey Bauldree says before this year, her son Luke always enjoyed going to school.

"He's a smart kid. He is always interested in learning new stuff. When this happened, this year, several times he's asked us please don't send me back to school. And to me to have your 12 or 13 year old child say they I don't want to go back to school, that is a big deal."

Tracey and her husband James say it started at the beginning of the school year when Luke came home saying he was choked in the bathroom.

"Said mom I can't go to football practice and I asked him why and he pulled his shirt down so I see his throat and he said mom I got choked out at school today. And I said you got choked out but nobody called us about it."

The Bauldrees say the students in the choking and other incidents did get suspended, but only for a couple of days.

"The first incident was written off as horse play which in my opinion doesn't justify what happened. Been very little to no reaction from the school," said James Bauldree.

Grady County Superintendent Dr. Tommy Pharis says they have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to bullying and do investigate every allegation.

"We are going to protect every child. We are not going to say and if anyone does say there are never bullying instances, they are either mistaken or they are not telling themselves the truth."

Tracey Bauldree says there needs to be more education about bullying.

"They don't teach about it enough. They don't act on the bullying enough to where the other kids are saying hey they're cracking down on this, we need to cut it out."

But Pharis says school should not be the only place where students are taught right from wrong.

"I think that a lot of the bullying issue is a lack of respect for other people. And we need to teach those dispositions at school, at home, at church , and in the community."

The Bauldrees say while their son has never threatened suicide, they are worried that if the bullying continues, he may, like others in his situation, try to take his own life.

Superintendent Pharis says they have investigated several allegations of bullying this year that turned out to be false.

 

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