Mom speaks out after bullied daughter’s Facebook posts turn dangerous

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SHELBYVILLE, Ind. — One mother is reaching out for help after bullying at her daughter’s school led to Facebook posts revealing how badly it is affecting her.

The mother, who FOX59 is not identifying to protect her daughter’s safety, said she is in Shelbyville Schools and has experienced bullying both at school and online.

“I feel lost. I feel helpless,” the girl’s mother said.

The situation has gotten so bad she found Facebook posts on her daughter’s page that say things like, “I don’t think it’s ever gonna go away. Nobody’s ever gonna change. Nobody cares,” and “My head hurts. I just wanna go to sleep and not wake up.”

Sandy Runkle-DeLorme with Prevent Child Abuse Indiana knows this story is not isolated and that it’s hard to know what a situation like this can lead to. Her message to parents is to report it right away.

“You really need to take any allegation of that kind of behavior seriously,” Runkle-DeLorme said.

The school district would not comment about this case to FOX59 but officials did send the school’s anti-bullying policy.

“Bullying behavior toward a student, whether by other students, staff or third parties is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated,” the policy stated.

Every school is required by law to keep an anti-bullying policy. If your school does not respond, experts suggest you go to police, the state Department of Education or groups like Bully Safe Indiana.

This mom has sought outside help for her daughter and said she hopes that by speaking out, other parents will come together to be sure kids are getting the right help and message in school to stop bullying behavior.

Resources: 

What Parents Need to Know About Bullying

What is Cyberbullying

How to Make Sure Your Child Doesn’t Become the Bully