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Bullying increases in North Florida

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Updated: 5/15/2013 11:50 pm

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- A second Clay County teen has come forward, claiming to be a victim of bullying in recent months at Middleburg High School.

Haley Napieracz says rumors, teasing and threats pushed the 17-year-old girl to the extreme.

"I took some medicine just to try to forget about it all, to just drift off and forget about it."

It happened at the same school where 17-year-old Tierra Hartley, claims she was beat up by another classmate last week.

"The same person that did that to her, tried to do that to me."

Her father, Joseph Napieracz, says he complained ton school officials early on.

"We made at least three calls before she attempted to overdose, but we didn't seem to get any response out of it other than they'd keep an eye on it."

From there they say the bullying only got worse and so did Haley's depression.

"They blew it off. They treated it like it was nothing."

Action News asked school officials what happened and were told they can't comment on any investigations involving juveniles.

They did provide a copy of the school systems anti-bullying policies and procedures that call for intense investigations into any bullying complaint. It also says principals are responsible for following up with the parents of bullying victims with an action plan to protect their children.

Joe Napieracz says that never happened.

Haley is now homeschooled for her own safety and mental health, Joe Napieracz says. Still, he vows to continue to push for changes to the policy now that another student has been hurt.

"If you're not going to follow through, what's the sense in having them?"

A school spokesperson tells Action News that the student who allegedly attacked Tierra Hartley has been suspended for 10 days, and the principal has recommended she be expelled. The Clay County School Board will make a decision later this month. If her suspension ends before the disciplinary hearing takes place, she will be placed in an alternative school for "at risk" students.

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tlynn - 5/16/2013 12:58 PM
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Spare the rod and spoil the child…Hmmm…Where have I heard that before!?!? It worked while we were growing up! My butt was "disciplined", NOT 'beat'. Big difference!

nativejax - 5/16/2013 12:37 PM
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I mean, I'm not saying beating kids behinds is a solution for 'bullying'...but 'if one's bark is worse than their bite", and kids 'THINK' they will get a real whooping if they are caught bullying or acting up, it just might make them think twice before they do it themselves.

nativejax - 5/16/2013 12:21 PM
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My kids were rebellous teenagers when I got wind the 'system' would not allow me to 'disipline' them in 'certain' ways or I could face being arrested. And I know these same KIND of kids used that to their advantage with THEIR parents. But when my kids tried that crap 'excuse' on me I smiled and said " Well then, I'm going to jail". That,(thank God) usually, stopped the trouble they started. For 1, they KNEW they were gonna get their behinds beat REGARDLESS and 2, down deep inside, they knew they did not want to be the one responsible for putting their mom in jail. I was a lucky one..they turned out pretty good, but it was God who counted my tears and got us through.

Fred Thompson - 5/16/2013 10:30 AM
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Pass a law to place these under arrest and take them straight to juvinile hall. Suspending them and relocating them does not do a thing except place the problem youth else where. Harsh punishment is the only solution. Think of how many of these kids come from ILLIGITMATE FAMILYS!!

imtellin - 5/16/2013 6:31 AM
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well,, with this complaint,, the court now should bar that nasty animal from attending any public school,, unless its reform school !!! Lincoln hall in new York comes to mind !!! not too many who survived Lincoln hall,, had repeat run ins with the law !!! got any tough reform schools like that here ??? doubt it !!! but you'ld better get some & quick... you can't molly coddle these animals... they need to know who's boss !!! if the parents can't step up,, then society needs to !!!

whosaysnocan - 5/16/2013 4:53 AM
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The bully usually is bullied at home. Whether by siblings, parents,or other family members, the reaction is to bully classmates. Been there, done that, not proud of it, but still was mean to a few classmates. I was taller than most and was intimidating as I was intimidated by my divorced parent. When a parent is involved in child's bulling it usually indicates that said parent desperately needs parenting training. As parents we "should" know better, but many enter parenthood with little experience and that leads to the dysfunction of children. As this become more of reported item we will see the pattern of what the causes are as we know that the effect is, which is the bulling. My heart goes out to the kids that are intimidated and deal with this problem that is not of their making. I pray the parents of all the kids involved find the solution to give their kids a better school environment. The school officals can only do so much.
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