Reported bullying caught on tape
By Sara Belsole
COLUMBUS, GA- A video of a 13-year-old reportedly being bullied went viral over the weekend on social media.
It has since been taken off Facebook, but for the parents of the victim, it can't be erased.
“He's scared, he doesn't want to go to school and that's not like him, he loves school,” Dana Spencer says.
Spencer's son is in seventh grade at Rothschild Middle School. She says the bullying started two months ago, but this is the first time it turned physical.
“He said they cornered me when I was coming home from school and I said oh my God and I called the police,” Spencer says.
Spencer says one of the kids in the video was charged with assault and another was suspended, but she says she thinks the school doesn't do enough when it comes to bullying.
Spencer says her son told the school he was being bulled and she called Principal Reginald Williamson before Spring Break.
“She told me he would call me back but I never got a message back,” Spencer says.
Spencer says after last week's fight, she was able to sit down with Williamson and show him the video.
“And so it had to happen from him telling about something nonviolent, someone picking on him, to him actually getting hurt, that it took you this long to figure out a boy was being troubled,” Spencer says.
And Spencer says it's not just trouble in the hallway. She says the walk home from school can be the most dangerous.
“I would rather him walk on the highway with the dangerous traffic then walk in that area, because at least I know someone is going to render aid,” Spencer says.
Spencer says from now on, Williamson has promised to look out for her son, but she still has concerns.
“Yeah, I'm scared to death for him,” she says.
NBC 38 went into Rothschild this afternoon and spoke with Reginald Williamson. He declined to comment on the incident.
The Muscogee County School District responded with a statement saying, “The incident has been thoroughly investigated and the students involved have been properly disciplined. The Principal also spoke to the students about the district's zero tolerance policy in regards to bullying.”