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School Board grants school transfer for bullied student

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Updated: 2/01 4:26 pm
ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- A local family is breathing easier after their request to transfer their son to a different school was granted by an administrator at Mayport Middle School.

"She saw the segment on (Action News) and made the decision to transfer him," said mother Leslie Robertson.

Robertson's 12-year-old son, Joe, told school officials that he found classmates with marijuana on campus. He told Action News that's when the death threats and then the violence began. He said one kid even choked him on the school bus.

"The bus driver claimed that he or she did not remember any type of incident happening on the bus. The students also claimed that there was no incident on the bus that they recollect," said Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti.

Vitti said that lack of evidence is why the student was never disciplined. Still, Vitti tells us the boy's safety was in question and that's why the transfer was granted.

"We didn't have any facts to indicate that what was claimed actually happened, which led to the hesitation in offering the transfer, but it's clear the child is feeling unsafe," said Vitti.

The family tells us they're relieved but don't want the student who harmed their son to get off the hook.

"I know it's not just me that's been bullied by him," said Joe.

"He needs to be taught a lesson so it doesn't happen to other students," said Robertson.

Vitti said they'll continue to monitor the bullying situation at Mayport Middle, and dig further into the alleged drug abuse on school grounds.
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MYOPINION76 - 2/3/2014 1:19 PM
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Duval County Public Schools needs to make a concerted effort to reduce bullying and crimes in schools. They move principals around and have Teach for America teachers to target academic gains; why not identify an expert in this field too? It may be the best investment the school system ever makes.

diverdan363 - 2/1/2014 9:18 AM
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Although the school doesn't has any evidence of such bullying or drug use doesn't mean it never happened the fact drugs have been indicated in a middle school is more red flags that should monitor the bathrooms hallways and lockers,a drug dog can run pass the lockers while the kids are in class,or random searches may be warranted as most student know who the bad apples are,looking over the grades of those failing history of school admii actions etc. on the otherhand what would prevent other students seeking transfer. cant hollar fire in a threater without smoke unless the hall alarms are sounding off.
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