Bullying in St. Johns Must Stop, Parents Say

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

Jonathon Hannahs says he's often afraid to go to school.

"Because I don't want to get hurt," he said.

He's a third grader at Eureka Elementary, where he says a classmate has gotten out of control.

"He chokes people, he pushes them down, and sometimes he'll like, throw them to the ground," he said.

Jonathon's mom and about 40 other concerned parents met with the St. Johns district superintendent last week. They say the bullying has been going on since last year, and they've had enough.

They should have "a trained professional to be with that child at at all times, at lunch, possilby on the bus, at recess," he said.

Parents say it's not just happening in the third grade. They say bulling is a schoolwide problem that's making not just the classroom, but the cafeteria, even the playground, unsafe for their kids.

"One of the second graders came home to his mom and said, 'Mom, I'm afraid that he's gonna come in and bring a gun and shoot somebody,'" said parent Rebecca Ernst.

"My son to be saying, 'mom, adults are seeing what's happening and they aren't doing anything,'" said Nicola Bailey, "it's heartbreaking as a mom."

Superintendent Ken Ladouceur says he's not opposed to one-on-one supervision but couldn't comment on this specific case.

"You pull out all the stops you have to to meet the safety concerns of all children," he said.

Parents say they're so worried, they're going to be protesting near the district office Wednesday morning and pulling their kids out of school for the day.

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