'Terrified' Henrico father: Bullies put 11-year-old in hospital
HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A terrified Henrico father is speaking out, claiming his 11-year-old daughter was rushed to the hospital after being pushed off a bus ramp by bullies.
This all happened at John Rolfe Middle School. The father claims his warning about possible violence went ignored.
"It brought me to tears in the principal's office," said concerned father Jason Hudson. "I don't know what else to say or do."
Hudson claims bullies put his 11-year-old, Hailey, in the hospital.
"They knocked my daughter over and broke her wrist in four places," said Hudson.
The John Rolfe Middle School student wrote letters to teachers warning of the bullying. Her dad even wanted to press charges, but he says officials told him no crime had been committed.
"There's no criminal actions to take because it was horseplaying gone wrong," Hudson says he was told. "And I said, 'Horseplaying going wrong? What does that mean?'"
Hudson says students are sending profanity-laced messages on their school computer. One of those students allegedly told Hailey to bring in 100 pieces of candy to avoid being bullied.
"She's afraid. She doesn't want to go to school," said Hudson who is demanding action. "I'm terrified to send my daughter to school. Somebody has to get hurt for something to happen? I don't understand."
And just to add insult injury, Hudson says Hailey's favorite jacket was cut off of her during the trip to the hospital.
"It was like her security blanket," said Hudson who claims school leaders promised to replace the jacket. "I just want it replaced."
School leaders sent the following statement:
School leaders are well aware of the situation, and the response was immediate and appropriate. However, federal law prohibits school divisions from providing additional facts in this, or in any situation pertaining to students. When school-based disciplinary incidents occur, the Code of Student Conduct details the appropriate actions to address such incidents, and the Code of Student Conduct was followed. The school division will always take steps to ensure the well-being of all students while affording all students the rights and confidentiality to which they are entitled by law.
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