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Mayport Middle student says he was choked by bully

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Updated: 1/30 11:47 pm
ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- A local boy is telling Action News how he caught students with drugs inside a middle school bathroom and received death threats because of it.

"He had a giant big bag of marijuana and I didn't feel like I should be in there so I went in line outside the bathroom," said Joe. 

Joe and his parents said they told Mayport Middle School about the incident, but say when word got out the bullying started.

"Telling me they were going to stab me, cut me," he said. The 12 year old said one of the students attacked him on the school bus in December. "He just grabbed me by the neck and pushed me up against the glass of the window, and strangled me and I couldn't breathe, I couldn't see, and could barely move."

Action News obtained the police report that the family filed and the pictures they took right after the incident. Joe's father said the boys even showed up at their home with a gun. That’s when the Robertsons pulled the boy out of school and asked for a transfer. A letter from the school’s principal said the report of bullying was not substantiated.

"Him being threatened with knives, him being physically harmed wasn't a big enough case for bullying for him to be transferred to a different school," said Joe's mother, Leslie Robertson.  

We reached out to Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti. While he wouldn’t speak specifically about this case, he did say requests like the Robertson’s had been honored in the past.

"We have granted special transfers based on safety related issues, and we will always continue to do that to make sure that the parent and the student feels comfortable in a learning environment," said Vitti. 

The school board would not say if that’s what they’re planning to do in this case. The family said that is their only option.


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viejo - 1/31/2014 8:29 PM
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When my kids were subject to Duval County schools, and the schools did nothing to prevent bullying, I gave my kids instructions to deal with bullies in as extreme a manner as they needed to. That seemed to resolve the problem.

MYOPINION76 - 1/31/2014 12:12 PM
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Who handles bullying and violence prevention in Duval County Pubic Schools?

GUS11 - 1/31/2014 10:09 AM
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Time to fire the principal and the entire admin staff. Put in some people that want to fix the problem. People leaving school because they are threatened by druggies, and the school not investigating....The Principal is probably the one making the profit from these druggies selling those drugs. Send him to prison....not jail, let him get a real taste of dealing drugs.

Grumpy Old Man - 1/31/2014 9:12 AM
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It's all about appearances. Problems are fixed on paper rather than in reality. Problems are measured in terms of numbers and percentages. It is much easier and cheaper to change the numbers than to deal with the issues. Crimes that are not reported do not have to be investigated, so what the citizens say and complain about are just "spun" so that they are not "reportable" thus the problem does not exist and there is no need to fix it. This will continue until we, the Citizens, stand up and make it clear that we will no longer tolerate it.

Samiam - 1/31/2014 9:02 AM
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We had to pull our son out of that school last year. Watching this report was like déjà vu. My son was constantly bullied and was strangled with the lanyard he had to wear leaving burns all around his neck. He was depressed and his grades suffered.The school didn't care, they tried to coerce my son into saying he was fine and then stated it didn't warrant bullying. We were actually told that it wasn't bullying if he was being done by more than one child. We documented everything, tried to get the school board involved and they refused to grant him a transfer. Luckily he made the charter lottery and is happy and flourishing in his new school.

kato12345 - 1/31/2014 8:16 AM
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Our daughter went to this school for one year and then we pulled her out. In that year, i had to call the police twice. The first time was because of a parent threatening me in the front office and the other time was because i witnessed a girl threaten another girl. The school said they couldnt do anything because the kids were just off school grounds. The administration will say anything to pretend that there are not problems in the school.

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