Brooklyn parents concerned about bullying, want district to take tougher steps

Posted at 10:26 PM, Oct 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-06 22:26:59-04

Some parents who have children in the Brooklyn School District, believe more must be done to stop the bullying, that they say includes threats and physical harm.

Billie Jean Barker told News 5 her son, who is now in the third grade, has been threatened and endured physical harm from a group of boys at the elementary school since 2015.

Barker said several other Brooklyn families have also been dealing with bullying, but are too afraid to come forward.

Barker said the school district has responded, but needs to do more before a student is seriously hurt.

"They told my son that if he told anyone, that they were going to bring a guns and knives to that school and kill him," said Barker.

"Kids are getting hurt, like physically hurt.  My son is being physically hurt since 2015."

Barker said she believes the district needs to enforce suspensions to control the bullying issue within the district.

"They cannot replace my child," said Barker. What are they going to do?  What's it going to take to make them do what their policy says?"

Brooklyn Superintendent Mark Gleichauf has responded quickly to this case and others.

The district even set-up a bullying hotline at the start of the school year.

Gleichauf issued the following statement:

"In response to your inquiry, I am pleased to report that the school was made aware of these threats by an outside source.

They immediately investigated the situation, talked to students and parents, searched belongings and found nothing, and provided appropriate discipline where warranted.

We ask our students to report incidents to a "trusted adult" and that brought this information to school officials today.

 Additionally we take all reports of bullying or harm to others seriously.

The school district has and will continues to investigate these extensively, use our resources to provide appropriate counsel to our students, discipline appropriately, and monitor the situations closely going forward."