Turner Co. parents are becoming aware of bullying incidents (Source: WALB)
School officials have chosen not to comment on the latest incident (Source: WALB)
The mother filed a police report after her daughter came home with scars (Source: WALB)
Heather Lubelsky (Source: WALB)
Afor Wynn (Source: WALB)
TURNER CO., GA (WALB) -
A concerned mother says several children beat up her six-year-old on the playground at school Monday, and now she wants administrators to take action.
Several parents of children in Turner County schools say they think bullying is a problem there.
Heather Lubelsky filed a report with the Turner Co. Sheriff's Office, where a deputy detailed how five children punched Lubelsky's six-year-old daughter on the playground at school.
"She got off the bus and she was really upset," said Lubelsky.
Lubelsky says Monday, her six-year-old daughter came home from Turner Co.Elementary School with bruises and scratches.
"She told me she was at the playground and some students, three or four had pushed her down and attacked her," said Lubelsky.
Lubelsky didn't want to file charges against the five girls who admitted to punching her daughter, but she filed an incident report with the Turner Co. Sheriff's Office. This was after she went to school administrators and the school's own law enforcement agency to address the incident and felt like she wasn't getting answers.
"I feel like there's a bullying problem going on in the school system. On campus, off campus on the school buses and I don't feel like anyone's taking it seriously," said Lubelsky.
Some other parents agree.
"I send him to school, and they should listen to him. I know they're kids, but some things should be addressed especially when it's physical," said parent Afor Wynn.
Wynn's son told his mother he saw this incident happen on the playground Monday.
"He said he walked over there and told them to, no fighting, stop fighting. I did ask him why he didn't tell the teacher. That's when I became concerned. He said because the teacher usually tells them that their tattletales or that they're being crybabies," said Lubelsky.
The school's principal was reached out to, but did not want to comment.
Lubelsky says she wishes school staff had told her about the incident when it happened, instead of finding out when her daughter got home.
According to the report, the school's officer told the deputy that quote "if they did reports on every fight or altercation that occurred, they would be too busy and could not take any breaks."
"That should be their first thought everyday is what am I going to learn today, not who am I going to get picked on by today," said Lubelsky.
The report says the child's teacher told the deputy it was impossible for her to keep an eye on that many children at the time of the incident.
One mother said she thinks if that's the case, the school should hire more faculty to provide supervision for all students.