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NISD accused of ignoring bullying

District: teen involved in 'mutual fights'

SAN ANTONIO - A local mother accused Northside School District of ignoring her pleas for help Friday, after she said her daughter told her she had been bullied.

The district strongly refuted the claim.

Layne Garcia said her daughter has been repeatedly harassed, mainly on her way to and from school on the school bus.

Her daughter is a freshman at Taft High School.

She said the ‘bully’ is a male senior and claimed he consistently verbally abused her daughter.

Then, last week, Garcia said the bullying became violent.

“I was on the phone with my daughter at the time and I heard the whole thing,” said Garcia. “I could hear the kids taunting her in the background, saying do something, do something.”

Garcia said the kids then assaulted her daughter, to the point where she filed a police report. No charges have been filed.

NISD said that is not the whole story, however.

Spokesman Pascual Gonzalez said that incident is just the latest in more than a half-dozen incidents involving Garcia’s daughter.

Gonzalez said there has been no bullying, but rather a string of ‘mutual fights’, the district’s term for when both students are equally at fault.

The district also said they do not condone either bullying or mutual fights, and said they had reached out to the family several times.

Garcia denied ever having heard from NISD.

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