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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