St. Bernard parents protest, raise concerns about bullying in school system

St. Bernard parents protest, raise concerns about bullying in school system

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Some St. Bernard Parish parents and students are protesting, saying the school district needs to do more about a bullying issue.

Parents have been out in front of Trist Middle School for a couple days around pick up and drop off times, protesting what they say is a growing culture of bullying. The father who started it said he did so to stand up for his son, who he said has been a target.

“If I can be a voice for that and we can get some progress rolling I think it would be a great thing, not only for this school, but for St. Bernard Parish as a whole. I invite every parent who’s going through this with their child to reach out to the school board,” said Brandon Whitaker.

Parents and students alike have joined the protest over the past couple of days.

Superintendent Doris Voitier couldn’t comment on the specifics of the student or the bullying incident, but she said they investigate every case of bullying that a parent reports. She said they plan to meet with Whitaker Friday (Oct. 19) to finalize the investigation in his case and decide what action to take next, if any at all.

“The school is safe and secure and is being led by very caring administrators who take seriously any incident that any of our children are involved in,” said Voitier.

Voitier said instances where they need to open an investigation are few and far between.

Parents said they plan to continue protesting until the school board takes action.

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