FOSSTON, MN (KVLY/KXJB/CNN) – A Minnesota mother is hoping a video she posted online will help stop the bullying of her daughter on the school bus.
Sarah Cymbaluk says her little girl has visited the principal’s office at least half a dozen times to ask for help.
Mother: “Tell me how it makes you feel.”
Daughter: “It makes me feel sad and scared and I don’t like it.”
Mother: “I know.”
The video Cymbaluk posted has already been shared on Facebook more than 10-thousand times in less than 24 hours.
Mother: “Tell me like you told me when you got home.”
Daughter: “I don’t want to.”
Mother: “How come, Pumpkin?”
Daughter: “I just don’t want to.”
This third grade girl’s brother has to describe what the bullying at school is like for his big sister as she cries her eyes out.
Son: “This guy…(inaudible)…on the playground said, ‘you’re gonna die by suicide they called me a son of a *** and a motherf***er.”
Mother: “You tell her you’re stronger than that. You’re better than that. You tell them they’re worth something. Because they feel they’re worth nothing. You tell them there’s adults and people to help you. They’re people to help you. The school will help you.”
But the Fosston superintendent says this just landed on his radar despite these parents claim that they’ve been trying to get something done since December.
“I found out about the situation a couple of days ago and I think it could have been resolved without going to Facebook,” Mark Nohner, Fosston Public Schools Superintendent said.
“She’s been called into the principal and made to feel like it’s her fault. She’s been told to ignore it. She’s been told to disregard it, basically she’s been told to stuff your emotions and get on with life,” Sarah Cymbaluk said.
Mother: “Can you tell me how many times you went in and told the principal about it.”
Daughter: “Like 5.”
Mother: “Can you tell me what they’ve done about it.”
And school officials admit.. that they dropped the ball.
“Obviously somewhere along the line it feel through the cracks. So we need to review our procedures and policies and maybe do a better job articulating to the parents what we’re doing, even though we can’t be specific we need to do a better job of getting that communication out there,” Nohner said.
Because today two parents…
“Calling her a lesbian, it’s gotten physical, she’s come home with scratches and bruises,” Cymbaluk said.
And a couple of kids…
“I want to feel like I’m wanted in the school and people like me,” the girl said.
…are dealing with a problem that isn’t just happening in Fosston, but across schools everywhere.
“She said ‘You know what I want. I want it to never happen to another kid again’,” Cymbaluk said.
School officials say they’re investigating but can’t elaborate on any disciplinary action because of confidentiality laws.