WISCONSIN RAPIDS – School administrators are investigating a series of notes that a seventh year of Wisconsin Rapids received, calling her name and encouraging her to commit suicide, the girl's parents said.
A parent from another student posted six of the notes on a Facebook group on Friday. The message has since been shared hundreds of times on private pages and other groups.
The parents of the Wisconsin Rapids Area College student being bullied said the handwritten notes were in his pencil case since the end of 2018, and that their daughter was saying that there are had more than what had been posted.
Some of the notes, written on ripped and crumpled notebook paper, called the girl "fat" and "ugly" or said "Go kill yourself."
The parents said that a friend of their daughter had asked to keep the notes after seeing them at school one day. The friend showed the notes to a parent, who posted them on Facebook with a message condemning the content.
Until the problem appeared on social media, the girl's parents said that they were unaware of the bullying and were shocked when their daughter confirmed that She was the student who had received the grades.
Middle School Principal Tracy Ginter said she could not comment on the details of the case, because of students' concerns about privacy, but made it clear that all information reporting intimidation is the subject of an investigation.
The girl's parents told the Daily Tribune, part of USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin, that their daughter is handling the situation well and that she does not seem to believe what the bullies are telling her. They hoped that the person who sent the notes would have consequences, so that the children know that this behavior is unacceptable. The girl's mother said that the school had contacted them after the broadcast of the notes on Friday.
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Bullying at school is not a new problem, but it is likely contributing to the surge in the youth suicide rate from 7.5 per 100,000 in 2015 to 9.8 per 100,000 in 2016, according to the Wisconsin's Annual Report 2018's Office of Children's Mental Health. This is a faster increase than the national rates.
As part of its Kids in Crisis series, USA's TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin reported in August that suicide rates, self-harm, and mental health problems in the state were increasing during the school months, citing the charge work, social events and bullying for the tip.
Superintendents of Wisconsin Rapids schools, Craig Broeren and Ginter, said the harassment penalties range from talking with a school staff member to deportation, depending on the degree of violence.
If the incident is minor and staff members think that the student in bullying can learn from a conversation, that 's the way to go, said the administrators of the event. ;school. The student could be punished more severely and possibly evicted if the case is more serious or if it is something that occurs frequently, said Broeren.
Broeren and Ginter stated that they encouraged children to contact an adult if it happened to them or they saw it happening to someone else.
Students can also report bullying anonymously through an app called Stop It. Once a student uses the application to write a report, administrators or school counselors will receive an email or text message and respond as quickly as possible, said Broeren.
The Wisconsin Rapids Police Department is dispatching a School Resource Officer to the College and Lincoln High School. Chief of Police, Erman Blevins, said that schools usually deal with cases of intimidation on their own or with the help of the resource officer. However, if the case involves physical abuse, the ministry will be more involved.
If a student hurts himself or commits suicide due to bullying, Blevins indicates that the prosecutor has the option of filing juvenile charges against those responsible.
Blevins also encourages students and parents to ask for help in case of bullying.
"Do not try to do this alone," said the police chief. "There are a lot of people ready to help."
Some people who commented on the initial Facebook posting accused the school and the district of mistreating bullying cases and claimed that their own children had been targeted by bullies at the middle school. Wisconsin Rapids Area.
In response, Ginter stated that middle school staff members were doing their utmost to create a safe environment and frequently reminded students that there were outlets for reporting instances of intimidation. Signs have also been installed around the school for the Stop It app.
Cases of bullying are dealt with at the school level, said Broeren, but he said the district administration would ensure that problems are solved if the parents are not satisfied.
"If we know (intimidation) continues, I do not know what staff would have to do nothing about it," Broeren said. "People are very clearly here for the children."
In addition to local resources, anyone facing a bullying problem or emotional crisis can contact the National Suicide Prevention Line at 800-273-8255 or the National Crisis Text Line by texting " Hopeline "at 741-741.