Concerned Parent Speaks to Sumter County School Board

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

The Sumter County School Board heard from a concerned parent Tuesday who says her daughter is being bullied, and was unfairly punished.

Rosie Rainer's daughter is a ninth grader at Sumter Central High Schools. Rainer says she was unfairly punished after getting into a fight.

Rainer says her daughter is constantly bullied because of her skin color, and she feels the school system did not do enough to put an end to the treatment.

"I want this to be addressed because bullying is an issue nationwide not just in our area," says Rainer, "I feel like this should be addressed and be resolved."

"[This bullying problem] started in sixth grade and now she's in ninth grade."

Sumter County Superintendent Katie Jones-Powell released a statement Tuesday night regarding this issue:

"The Sumter County Board of Education is committed to protecting our students from bullying. The code of conduct clearly states that bullying will not be tolerated, and every reported incident is always investigated.

We thank this concerned parent for bringing these matters before the board. It is our continued desire to foster an atmosphere and environment that furthers the educational process of our students.

We wholeheartedly value students and family, therefore the board will look into these matters further."

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  • by Anonymously Sumter Co on Mar 19, 2012 at 09:23 AM
    Ms Rainer is a known trouble maker. She not only thinks she can sue anyone but seems to feel everyone owes her something. The child she is speaking of ha caused many fights in Sumter Co & while attending a Lauderdale Co school in MS. Ms Rainer has also been arrested on stalking and harassing people in MS. children learn what their parents do. Lie, fight, blame & steal. Many are curious as to the job status of Ms Rainer. Is she still employed as a Sumter Co school bus driver or as her many jobs before, fired? Her daughter picked on my child on a bus. I then began driving Her to school every day. Her daughter also spoke horrible about her own mother. This is a trouble family. As far as her daughter being bullied in the school, many children are stating that just isn't true. She starts them, then cries wolf. I googled her name, and found many disturbing issues. Maybe our Sumter Co schools should do a thorough back ground check on people they hire. She's been told on for swearing in front of or at the students on the bus. Can you actually believe a person with a background such at that? I think not. Sad I'd say!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 8, 2012 at 11:46 AM
    I know a school school district in the area that when a parent has a complaint, they get bullied by the teacher, threatened by the principal, and ignored by the superintendent!!
  • by anonymous on Mar 7, 2012 at 12:51 PM
  • by Unknown Location: Meridian on Mar 7, 2012 at 11:57 AM
    Speaking of students being bullied, what about teachers who are being bullied by the STUDENTS? Teachers are afraid to say or do anything because they will be bullied by the students and fired by the administrators. Where are the real parents and administrators???
  • by Z Location: Sumter County on Mar 7, 2012 at 08:37 AM
    This child has been put through Hell because of her skin color...Just imagine what the whites put up with there...Have seen it first hand, even to the extent of threatening to shoot or stab white teachers...The school board needs to step up to the plate and they need to do it before something catastrophic happens.
  • by Ed Location: Lauderdale on Mar 7, 2012 at 07:40 AM
    Hope you have a better board than lauderdale county. I know people that have gone before them and have never received a response back. One guys son was left in the field house by a coach with a heat related illness and the school board or superintendent of education never contacted him back. In SE lauderdale county it's do as I say not as I do.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 7, 2012 at 06:51 AM
    Why would she be picked on because of her skin color?
  • by Upsetting Location: meridian on Mar 7, 2012 at 06:46 AM
    Why do parents let something like this continue until it explodes? It should be reported as soon as it starts, and the parent should DEMAND the school round up the bullies and handle the problem right then!!!
  • by Unknown Location: York, Al on Mar 6, 2012 at 09:53 PM
    This is so sad and ridiculous. It's a shame students have to go through so much at SCHOOL!
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      by Anonymous on Mar 7, 2012 at 09:21 AM in reply to Unknown
      This is just so untrue. I'm a student here at Sumter Central and I know for sure that every student who has been bullied here, his or her situation was handled carefully. There are many mixed and light skinned students here who will also say they have not been bullied. No one looks at her daughter any differently because of her skin-color. We all see her as an African American just as we are. Ms. Rainer is a pest and comes to our school almost everyday and harasses us. SHE should be in trouble for bullying! For one thing, she says her daughter is bullied and then she talks about her daughter being unfairly punished for a fight. The fight is what she's actually upset about and she blames bullying, but really, her daughter started the fight! To conclude, every student here at Sumter Central is treated fairly, no punishment is done unless the student does wrong. THANK YOU.
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      by truyvette on Mar 7, 2012 at 12:50 PM in reply to Unknown
      man her mama is outta pocket that my little cousin she is nt being bullied
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