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Mother Distraught That School Won't Stop Facebook Fights Involving Her Daughter

Jeanette Velasquez says that students are using Facebook to schedule fights with her eighth-grade daughter at Bruce Randolph School in Denver. She went on to say that school administrators are not doing anything to stop this.

Velasquez told FOX31 Denver, "This is my fourth time coming to the school to speak with them about it." She says the bullies pick on her daughter because she is homeless.

Velasquez went on to say, "It started with girls just talking about her, to exchanging words back and forth, to actually the physical altercation."

A video of a fight between Velasquez's daughter, Heaven, and another girl was posted online sometime during the week of Feb. 22. Both of the female students were suspended for two days and cited by the Denver Police Department.

Velasquez shared, "She doesn’t feel safe. She feels like the school doesn’t take her seriously." Denver Public Schools spokesman Will Jones responded in a statement:

“Denver Public Schools takes concerns about bullying extremely seriously. We want to ensure that incidents of bullying are addressed quickly; that victims of bullying receive support and that perpetrators of bullying understand the harm done and learn alternative behavior strategies.

The school system provides a variety of bully prevention resources including the Olweus Bully Prevention that is available district-wide as an online curriculum.

We recommend that parents check in with their children often to ensure that they are feeling safe and supported in school. If a child is experiencing bullying behavior, we advise parents to be supportive toward him/her and to try to get specific information about what is happening.

We also ask that parents alert their child’s teacher to the bullying behavior and ask specifically what the teacher will do to address the behavior. We encourage parents, if they feel that it is necessary, to inform the school principal and ask those same questions."

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