Tift Co. parent concerned with school bullying

Tift Co. Schools parent arrested, says he's tired of his daughter being bullied

TIFTON, Ga. (WALB) - A parent in Tift County said he’s had enough of bullying that has been targeting his 13-year-old daughter.

Joseph Pate said his daughter, AuNeesa Pate, is in the eighth grade, and has suffered from multiple instances of bullying.

Joesph Pate is concerned about alleged bullying his daughter is facing in Tift County Schools.
Joesph Pate is concerned about alleged bullying his daughter is facing in Tift County Schools. (Source: WALB)

“The bullying started last year at the end of the school year. And it has been bullying that has been swept under the rugs many times,” Pate said.

Pate has two daughters at Tift County Schools and he claims the school system is allowing one them to be harmed.

He said there have been three incidents, including an incident on the school bus that happened back on Aug. 9.

“A girl snatches her earring, pulling her hair while she was getting on the bus to come home,” Pate said.

The child told police this caused her ear to bleed, according to a Tifton Police Department incident report. The report also stated an officer saw a cut on her ear. Police contact was made with the other child involved, and the case was to be worked out between the two, with Pate planning to reach out to the school, the incident report stated.

On Aug. 27, Tifton Police arrested Pate at Tift County High School Northeast Campus and released him the same day.

The school called the Tifton Police Department in reference to an irate, out of control parent.

Afterward, Pate was charged with disorderly conduct.

Tift County Schools released the following statement:

“Tift County Schools believes that the safety and security of all students and staff is of the utmost importance. Our administration at each school stands ready to address any situation as it occurs and to work with parents to handle incidents expeditiously.”

Tift County Schools released a statement on the alleged bullying.
Tift County Schools released a statement on the alleged bullying. (Source: WALB)

“Where are our leaders we are supposed to trust our children within Tift County," Pate asked. “We are called ‘The Friendly City,’ and when you get to a point where you can’t trust your leaders to protect your children, and you sweeping it under the rug — we got a hidden agenda going on.”

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