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Fighting a broken school system

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C Dawn Price  RELIANCE, TN
My little girl has been victimized repeatedly by a school system that is clearly indifferent to the issues our county is having.

One of the school board members, who is also a SRO for the school walked out on the August board meeting then adjourned the September meeting in the middle of questions concerning bullying and the anti- bullying committee while the superintendent was attempting to respond to a question about the anti-bullying committee.

She has been molested on the bus by a child who still rides the same bus to this day. She has endured physical threats, verbal abuse including verbal sexual comments and been assaulted more than once. She was forced by a previous bus driver to sit with her abuser and not allowed to protest or explain. She has been taken from my home by this same driver with no intention of delivering her to school. He had her and her brother removed from the bus - for no substantiated reason. They were standing in the dark, at a small store in the Cherokee National Forest with the police officer so upset, scared and shaking. They felt incredibly violated and endured more verbal abuse by their peers on the bus that day.

She has NEVER been instigator in these cases. She is a good child who has tried out for and made her cheer squad for the last two years. Until she started middle school, she was an A/B honor roll student. She has defended herself physically only twice & been punished in both cases. The Superintendent of the school  admitted in the first incident that she DID have the right to defend herself (within reason) and declined to punish her after I offered a solution of suspending all the other kids involved too. Though for some reason it did not still apply in this one.

The school clearly sided w/the students systematically targeting her. She isn't safe. Now the bullies know they can hurt her on the bus, gang up, lie & no one will care. She's in a hostile unsafe environment that has been allowed to continue for far too long. When I asked to see the video, they refused. My children tell me there is no camera and in any past incidences the school admitted some of the buses have no cameras.

There is NO ONE at that school she trusts to confide in & she is dismissed if she does - the teachers tell her it is a tattle. The vice-principal yelled at her for talking to the school counselor saying SHE is the one she should have come to. My daughter has told me she is afraid of the v-p and that she extremely intimidating.

Will it take the death/injury of my kids for someone to listen? THIS HAS TO STOP!!! We removed her from school the last incident on August 24 and as a result were summoned to their "campus court" for truancy. We were NOT allowed to finish a sentence - they tried railroading us...however were were not having any of it. We were told that keeping her out of school was WORSE than any of the abuse she has suffered and after we volunteered to withdraw her from school then and there to homeschool they refused without proof (my guess is to keep counting days out). By law I believe we have 30 days. Then decided to "threaten" us with REAL J.V. court and we so we said "Okay".

They didn't like that and the J.V. probation officer herself asked the SRO/Deputy if he was charging her with assault. He readily agreed he was and they stuck us in court less than a week later to answer for both the truancy and the assault charge that suddenly appeared. They flat said there was no bullying issue and when I asked about Patrick  and Jazmine , I was told that had nothing to do with anything - Polk doesn't have a bullying issue.....

Today in court they came in force - the vice principal, the SRO (who threatened her during interrogation - saying if the kid she defended herself against had a red mark at the end of the day, she would go to court and WHEN she lost she would go to jail), the Superintendent and the J.V. probation officer. Thankfully we scraped up the last of our money to put a downpayment towards hiring an attorney, who showed up with us, even though it has left us completely broke. They set the case out to the end of next month. We have to withdraw her from school and give them proof of homeschooling. It should render the truancy charge invalid and drop that one. However it looks like we have a mighty battle on our hands to come as far as the rest of the story.

I could talk for days about the corruption in this little town, how if you are different or LGBT you are "not welcome here" and more importantly if you are connected to the right family you can do no wrong. This isn't right and we have to fight - not just for her but for every kid who has no voice, as well as all the kids who will come after us. 

Thank you for taking the time to read our story, we realize it is very long and complicated. Any money recieved will go towards her private school enrollment and her supplies as well as to pay for the attorney to fight this in court. Any funds over the amount will be donated to the families who have lost their children. We appreciate any and all assistance you can give and we hope to give a voice to the kids who are not being heard.
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Update 7
Posted by C Dawn Price
16 months ago
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We have a $400 gap to get my daughter the addition she needs for her homeschool program & only a few days to fill it. We already have signs that the TN system will give us trouble. The J.V. probation woman told me flat out she hates homeschool.

Students enrolled in the Calvert Advisory Teaching Service (ATS) are assigned an Advisory Teacher who provides evaluations of your child’s work in all subjects, including detailed feedback on composition, mechanics, and processing skills. Students receive a personal letter with each set of corrected tests providing additional motivation and support.
The most important factor of the ATS is that it adds a certificate of completion and a transcript (available upon request) - otherwise you just have to hope your records are enough on their own if you are planning to let your child go back in High School, or sometimes even to prove a diploma so you can attend college. A few families have found themselves having to take a GED class in order to cross that hurdle. We would like to avoid it completely.

It amazes me, the depths they will go, to continue to bully a 12 year old girl. Two deaths on their hands already and the top concern is making sure “she gets hers” when she is the one who has been victimized repeatedly. How they can justify this or live with themselves is beyond me. I don’t care what their reasons or motivations are, I only care about making sure my little girl is safe and taken care of.

I will also admit that I already know math will end up kicking my butt. I’m barely a day ahead of her sometimes and I secretly practice on Khan Academy to keep my mental reflexes sharp. I don’t want her to miss out on anything & everything I can possibly give her, to not only thrive, but rise above this terrible situation and come out the other side a warrior equipped for life. The best way for me to do that here is to humbly admit this is not my forte and seek solutions to remedy that fact. So here I am, humbly asking you to help us out because, math….you jerk. lol
Scarecrow for Halloween
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Update 6
Posted by C Dawn Price
17 months ago
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There is no justice…only shades of lesser evils.

What do you do if you go into a game knowing the deck has been stacked? What if there is no way to stop what was happening, only ways to mitigate the damage? What would you choose? Even if doing it ripped your whole soul to shreds? What if your already tortured daughter turned her eyes up to yours and told you she didn’t want to be forced to testify in court? Would you shed a few tears inside, suck it up and choose discretion as the better part of valor?

Do I have a duty to pursue what I KNOW we could prove or a duty to protect my daughter from further emotional trauma and stress? I’m a fighter and this is wrong!! It’s wrong of a school to bully children like they are. It is wrong of these people to get away with what they do. Further more it is wrong of them to shatter a child’s world with a lie. And to go home and feel fine with that lie. How can they stomach it? I can barely stand to be in the same room with these people. It’s even more difficult for me to not go the route of a trial against them based on all that she has endured. I don’t know if protecting her from having to testify in court was the right thing to do…..but I was there alone. Just the two of us against the world.

She sat curled up into me with my shawl wrapped around us both. She kept saying she was cold but I knew it was because she was scared. She’s her mother’s daughter – never one to show weakness in the face of an enemy. She knows how to keep her mouth shut, she just chooses not to most of the time. Today she was quieter than I ever hear her. I know that child better than I know myself – she is fascinating to watch. A study in contrasts. She is a mosaic full of brilliant, shining pieces. I love her to death but she is too vivacious to cuddle for long or hold my hand for that matter and she was doing both the whole long hours we sat in court today. The closer we got to home the more relaxed she became. Once Bubba got in the car my little Tornado was back.

I hate that they changed the way that she sees the world. I am so sad every time I see her eyes turn wary at the sight of a group of people. I know she doesn’t trust the world, that she won’t ever trust “establishments” to keep her safe – maybe never again and it breaks me. She turns those eyes to me and asks me to keep her safe and the heavy burden falls on my shoulders to make damn sure I don’t break THAT trust. So, off to battle once again my friends.
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Update 5
Posted by C Dawn Price
17 months ago
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We were talking about the changing seasons and decided we needed to do some on-site exploring on how the mountain changes for Autumn. Maybe hike one of the trails near our house.

Our Fall Bucket List:

~hayride
~visit a pumpkin patch
~a hike w/scavenger hunt (fall themed)
~keep a list of animals seen
~carve a pumpkin
~write a ghost story
~bake a pumpkin pie
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Update 4
Posted by C Dawn Price
17 months ago
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When I told my daughter about this site and our campaign she was so moved that she wanted to thank all of you personally herself. I told her that she could post the next update. So without further ado - here is Alexandria herself to talk with y'all:

Hi. Thank you all for the support for me to stay in better schooling and have a better perspective on my work. I also hope you all do well the next few years because I want you to be as happy as I am in my new schooling.

My favorite things about my new schooling are having my own pace when doing my work and feeling safer in my own home than at school. I don't worry about being picked on at school or being kicked or hit and not having aggressive people around me is much better.

Having people who care makes me feel special because not everyone has someone to care for them in their time of need.

When I grow up I want to be a vet to care for animals and help the owners have a healthier pet to care for.

I'll talk again later. Its hard to talk about this stuff because its hard on me to be pressured to tell the whole story when i have been through such embarrassing stuff. It still hurts my feelings.

Thank you again for all the support you have given.

sincerely - Alex B.


--had to peek back in and say that the last part just broke my heart - I had no idea she was embarrassed as well as upset. It was NOT her fault these boys touched her or those kids bullied her and yet she seems to carry a great deal of shame and that hurts me. We will continue campaigning not just here and on Facebook but everywhere we can about how devastating this kind of bullying can be and how it can impact a young child forever.
I hope like crazy we have shown her that what happened to her is wrong, it wasn't her fault and that she grows stronger in the knowledge that there are TONS of really good people out there who are wonderful, supportive and willing to help others. Not everyone is like the people we are fighting here. *sigh*

Much love & light from our family to yours.
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$500 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 7 people in 18 months
Created September 24, 2015
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Good Luck...stay strong. It isn't this ignorant all over the world. I hope you find a peaceful place to live soon enough.

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I love ya gurl

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