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Parents say school bullying pushed daughter toward suicide

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Bullying is a big problem in many schools. Sometimes it pushes young people to take their own lives.

A New Hanover County teen has threatened suicide because she cannot stand the torment from her classmates. To protect the girl from more bullying, WWAY is not publishing any names. The parents of the girl tell WWAY their daughter has been mocked, called names, and even pushed down the stairs by her classmates. They don't think the school is doing enough.

"She was being picked on in a class to the point where she finally stood up and said she could not take it anymore and that she wanted to kill herself," the mother said.

It's been about two weeks since Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi took his life after he was bullied. The local mom is afraid her daughter will be next.

"I have talked with my child, talked with her everyday," she said. "I give her the reassurance that she is pretty, she is loving, she is a nice person, to keep her head up and walk high."

The upset mother said Holly Shelter Middle School suspended the 11 students who bullied her daughter, but the tormenting has not stopped. She said she talked to the school resource officer, who she says told her he did not have enough evidence.

"Don't have enough evidence to press any charges of the young ladies that pushed my daughter down the steps," she said. "So as far as I know, a slap on the wrist to me, an in-school suspension for a couple days is not enough for a punishment. Zero tolerance means zero tolerance. One time. That's it. That's all it takes."

The New Hanover County School Board could not talk specifically about the case because it violates privacy laws, but administrators say the parents need to take the matter up with them.

"If a parent doesn't believe that the school has done what they need to do in investigating it fully, we have someone down here that will investigate it," Assistant Superintendent Rick Holliday said. "We investigate claims of bullying all the time."

The parents have their daughter in counseling and are discussing other educational options. They say if the bullying continues, they're considering transferring her to another school or putting her in private school.

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