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ABOUT THE PETITION
Bullying happens at schools, but some kids are perfect targets such as special needs students. These students usually keep the bullying to themselves because they are afraid to tell, embarrassed or because people do not believe them, or they might come to the point of feeling like nobody cares, as it happened to my daughter.
My daughter, a special needs student in Seven Grade at Jordan Middle School, has been bullied since fourth grade. Because of this, she has become suicidal two times after being called "fake Mexican, and after she was called derogatory names such as retarded, stupid, ugly face, and after she knew that a child asked other kids not to hang out with her because she is different. Luckily we the family have been able to get her emergency help on time, so she still alive. Next time we might not be so lucky. When the bullying became unmanageable, she went into depression. My daughter has been punched on the face, thrown hard on the ground to the point of being taken to the nurse office on a wheel chair.
The times my child and I have asked the schools for help, I have been told, that perhaps she is looking for it, that they cannot guarantee that it won't happen again, that there was not a recorder to see if the bullying occurred so they cannot believe her, that she had a crush on the kid who bullied her, that she probably misinterpreted it, but can a child misinterpret a punch on the face, or hearing some calling her retarded and stupid? It is time to stop making excuses for the bullies and protect the victims.
It is time to adapt strong policies and an effective anti-bullying program across school district to stop bullying, and to give serious consequences and counseling the aggressors so they stop bullying. Tell Dr. Skelly, Palo Alto School Superintended and Charles Weis Superintended of Santa Clara County Office of Education, and school board members to STOP THE BULLYIN NOW across the district and protect all students, but specially students with special needs who cannot speak or stand up for themselves, and to form an anti-bullying task force. Thanks for signing