Clovis mother speaks out about bullying of son

Posted at: 01/30/2013 5:53 PM
Updated at: 01/31/2013 2:35 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

11-year-old Anthony McDermott is recovering from an incident Monday when he said he was attacked by a bully during school recess.

“He hit me against the fence, threw me down and started hitting me and hitting me and hitting me,” McDermott said.

His mother, Melissa Jackson, said the school called, and when she went to pick him up, half his face was purple. The student who hit him was punished by the school, but Jackson said that wasn’t enough.

“Why weren’t the police called? It happened on school grounds, you were there, I’m dropping my child off with you to teach him and provide safety for him,” Jackson said.

She took McDermott to Plains Medical Center, and they said police had to be called and a report must be filed. Since the incident, he hasn’t felt safe going back to school, so his mother decided to transfer him and his brother to another in the area.

Jackson said the worst part is that she saw this coming.

“They were told before that he’s had problems with his bully, twice. The third time, this is what happened,” Jackson said.

She hoped sharing their family’s story will make the district do more and open parents’ eyes.

“We don’t send them to school to get beat up. We send them to learn, and this should be the least of their worries,” Jackson said. “The least of their worries.”

Clovis Schools declined to comment on the incident.