Mom of bullied student: "He tells them to leave him alone"
CLEVELAND, TN (WRCB) -- Tonya Johnson says her 14-year-old son has been bullied repeatedly at Cleveland Middle School and now she's had enough.
"I mean, I'm frustrated. I'm not going to go out here and hurt any child. I would protect the same children from anyone," Johnson says.
Her son suffers from emotional distress disorder. Johnson says he has a tendency to lash out verbally when being insulted.
"He tells them to leave him alone, because he can't handle it," she said, "And they continue to do it."
She has taken many avenues to protect her son, even calling police.
A report says Tuesday, police broke up a situation at a park where her son was targeted.
"My son doesn't want to go to school there and doesn't want to go to school," she said. "He begs me not to send him to school."
Johnson says she's been talking with the school system, but the problem continues.
School director Martin Ringstaff says the issue is no easy fix without parents help. "We want to make sure it doesn't happen and want to get to the root of the evil. We want the parents as part of the process."
Ringstaff says any proven instance of bullying is handled immediately, but proving it can be a problem. That's where school administration has to help.
Ringstaff said, "The burden of proof is, we don't look for a burden of proof. When the student is being bullied, we take it serious."
The director says report bullying first to the principal.