Tomasa - posted on 10/22/2013 ( 7 moms have responded )
In a school where anti-bullying and "no place for hate" certification was just approved, my daughter Desirree Nieves a sophomore at Mercy Vocational Catholic High School was not only bullied by students but also by a teacher and a nun!
Desirree encountered many racial comments in front of teachers who never corrected the behavior, and on more than one occasion the teacher would racially stereotype her.
Freshman year she was bullied by a sophomore, I spoke to the vice principal many times to try and rectify the situation. I asked for a meeting with the student and parents but was never granted that. I asked them To dismiss the child bullying my daughter because we were in fear for her safety (she was known for fighting various times; which the vice principal confirmed), however all I got was a contract the other student supposedly signed saying she would leave my daughter alone. I never saw this document! The student continues to harass my daughter.
This year, has been no different. Not only has she continued to harass and bully her but her locker was placed very close to my child's locker where every morning she would stand with her friends and stare at my daughter and try to intimidate her. She also gets on the same bus where the harassment continues although part of the supposed contract she was to take a different bus.
As if that isn't enough, my daughter was mocked and yelled at by a Math teacher because she didn't feel well. This same Math teacher humiliated Desirree in front of her peers when she explained to the teacher she did not understand the work, telling her if she is in first track she should know the work! Desirree asked for tutoring and she refused to tutor my daughter because she "did not have time" and never followed up with her or gave her a day where she could tutor her. although she does tutor other students! I called the school regarding both situations with this teacher and was told that Desirree often asks to go to the restroom and that is why she yelled at her. Desirree is an A-B student, has never been suspended or has any behavioral problems.
Most disturbing, yesterday October 21, 2013 my daughter called me crying because a Sister who she has been saying she believes does not like her, singled my daughter out accusing her of causing a disturbance and as she approached her from the back jabbed her hands very hard into my daughters back! Not only did the nun not reprimand those who actually were causing the disturbance but she followed my daughter into another room accusing her of something she did not do nor did the Sister witness. Two students saw when the Sister jabbed my daughter!
Today, October 22, 2013 I went to the school to speak to the Principal regarding the physical harassment and the bullying I feel has not been addressed and as a matter of fact has escalated , but was told the Principal was not in, nor was the President of the school which is the nun who jabbed my daughter!! I said I would speak to the Vice Principal and when I went into the office he immediately cut me off and told me he "heard" what happened and that he knows the Sister for a long time and called Desirree a liar. He did not allow me to express my concern! He was yelling at me, accusing me of being irrational, and unsatisfied! He then KICKED ME OUT! I asked for my daughter and he YELLED to go and take my daughter with me!
These people have allowed bullying by students, teachers and the President of the school. This is a Catholic school who prides themselves in being Merciful and compassionate but they are none of these things!! Something needs to be done, people need to know because they have all stuck together and have made me, a concerned parent, out to be the bad guy.