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After police were summoned to Madison Middle School May 8 to help with a lunchroom fight, a North Platte mom says the school system needs to do more to stop bullying.

In the fight, Corrine Morrow’s 12-year-old son allegedly slapped and cussed at another boy who was provoking him. Police were called and the boy was taken to the police station until mom arrived.

Morrow said her son is socially autistic. She believes a few kids at the school are picking on him.

The trouble really started April 6, she said, when her son had a major meltdown in school during recess. Morrow said her son "lost control of his higher cognitive thinking" and lashed out. He ended up passing out on the sidewalk.

She said her son has been harassed since. A couple weeks later, some of the class managed to shut the classroom door while the teacher was out of the room and verbally harass her son.

Later, they wrote him letters of apology.

Morrow said Madison Principal Danny McMurtry and Special Services Administrator Christie Copper have done a great job, but she is concerned the school has not done more, such as set up a meeting between herself and the parents of the children who are apparently bullying her son. She also said the boys should be separated into different classrooms.

And, she wants specific state laws to deal with kids who bully someone with a disability.

“Up until December he was getting good grades,” she said. “He is very intelligent, but then the kids started getting to him, and his grades have slipped.”

She also said a support group for parents of autistic children is needed, but there are none in Lincoln County.

“We don’t have a decent child psychologist or psychiatrist in town that is covered by Medicaid or just focuses on children,” she said. “The parents get help through the school system, but they are stretched too thin.”

Morrow has contacted PTI Nebraska -- parent/professionals who are available to talk about special education and disabilities.

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GInative, You can take it however you want to. If your child is not safe in school, you remove them. I as a parent was very disappointed in the school! They ignored the problems before them. They were paid to do a job and it is obvious they didn't care to do their jobs! Like I said before every child deserves an education. They should be safe as well. If it were your child you would be angry too.
Posted by 2 Far From Home    - 5/18/2017 8:08:04 PM
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2Far, Sarcasm was used in the last comment. It was put on thick, but I suppose if your upset you'll read it in the tone you want.
Posted by GInative    - 5/18/2017 3:29:53 PM
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Alias, Not only had we talked with the Principals, went over their head to superintendent and her response was what do you want me to do about it? From there I went to the school board only to be told that this is not where we handle this. I never got to speak at all. That exact moment our child was removed from that school.
Posted by 2 Far From Home    - 5/17/2017 8:40:29 PM
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I bet if we tried to give the administration raises and take some money away from the teachers and class rooms it would help.
Posted by Alias    - 5/15/2017 10:03:18 AM
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I agree. We dealt with the same thing with another school in the area. Our son was continually harassed by the students. We visited many times with the principal and vice principal. It did no good to talk. We received a call from the sheriff's to tell us that our child had been beaten in the locker room and it had been recorded and shared around the school. They did nothing to this student. the student was charged with assault. It never stopped. The school did nothing to protect our child. He also had a disability. One of his teachers was just as big of a bully to those that had a disabilities. He belittled these students and was know to be physical with the students as well. The school would not do anything to the teacher because he had tenure. He was finally told by the police he was not to be near one of the students under any circumstances . Needless to say Our child left the school. They were not going to put an end to the bullying. It is time the schools pay attention to this. It does affect the students grades and their self esteem. Everyone deserves an education!
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