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Merkel Parent Starts Petition Asking For Bullying to Stop

A frustrated mother from Merkel claims bullying has been an ongoing issue in schools that she started a petition hoping stop it.
A frustrated mother from Merkel claims bullying has been an ongoing issue in schools that she started a petition hoping stop it.

Adryana Calderon and her mother created an informal petition after seeking advice from the Texas Education Agency. The petition states, "to end bullying from teachers, parents and students at Merkel ISD." Calderon has three kids and says the issue of bullying is being ignored.

"We've gone to the highest level and nothing is being stopped," Calderon says.

So far, they've gathered nearly 60 signatures and are hoping to reach 200. The petition is posted at the Calderon's place of business in Merkel. The next step is to find an attorney to pursue further action.

"I just want the kids to be treated normal," Calderon adds. "I don't want any special treatment but that knowing they want to actually go to school."

Late last year, Lori Settlemyre says her son was sent to the hospital after being a victim of bullying. Earlier this month, she says she was forced to take him out after being tormented at the boy's locker room.

"I've had enough," Settlemyre said. "Six of the boys were slapping and pushing him around."

Settlemyre approached the principal and claims that the finger was pointed at her son, indicating he was the bully. As a last option, she decided to home school her child.

"I want him to be in school, but right now I've seen a positive change," says Settlemyre. "He's a lot more positive."

Other parents have told KTAB News that they've had to remove their kids and transfer them to another district. KTAB News tried to contact the principal where the alleged incident with Settlemyre's son took place and have yet to hear from him.

To learn more about how to stop bullying, visit StopBullying.gov.
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