GLEN ST. MARY, Fla. -- The mother of a girl accused of attacking a student at a bus stop in Baker County says it was her daughter that was being bullied. The 16-year-old high school student faces criminal charges after the incident last month.
The mother of a girl accused of attacking a student at a bus stop in Baker County says it was her daughter that was being bullied. The 16-year-old high school student faces criminal charges after the incident last month.
Regina Pringle admits her daughter, who she did not want to identify, was in the wrong for attacking Brittany Deyoung at the bus stop near Glen St. Mary, but she says the attack only came after repeated incidents where Deyoung teased her daughter.
“This girl has bullied my child, she has bullied my son where he has been taken off the bus and gone to live with his father,” Pringle said. “She has made comments about my daughter's weight. She has made comments about the biracial family.”
Deyoung accuses Pringle’s daughter of following her off the bus, attacking her and hitting her head against the ground. Pringle says her daughter was on anti-depressants after the death of her grandmother, something she believes contributed to the incident.
“But my daughter’s never been in trouble, she's not a violent person. She's remorseful,” Regina Pringle said.
The teen has been allowed to return to school after the incident, despite a restraining order in the case. Officials with the Baker County School District responded to Action News inquiries about the case via email.
“The principal has given each student a school map describing the locations of where and when these students may travel throughout the course of the day,” wrote Robin Mobley, associate superintendent for human resources. “He has set these guidelines to avoid any contact between the students. In previous situations involving restraining orders, this process has been successful.”
While Pringle has no problem with how the school is handling the situation, Deyoung’s family is still upset.
“It’s not right. If you had a restraining order against me, I couldn’t be here doing this. You see what I’m saying and it’s just not right,” said Sheina Deyoung.
Both parents said they have contacted attorneys and are considering further legal actions.