Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A local family said Union-Endicott schools aren't doing enough when it comes to bullying. Parents said their daughter was blindsided in the lunchroom and attacked by a group of teens.
Bullying in schools is a problem that affects every student and parent, whether it's learning about bullies through education or experiencing bullying first hand.
An eighth grader at Jennie F. Snapp Middle School in Endicott came home one day last week and told her parents a group of girls were threatening her and she was scared.
Her parents, Jody and Joseph Smith, said they contacted the school, gave them a list of names and assured their daughter Morgan she would be safe.
"She came home, basically in tears," Jody Smith said. "And told us there was a group of girls threatening to jump her, and was afraid to go to school the next day."
Two days later a video surfaced on Facebook, which has since been taken down. The cell phone video shows a fight during lunch period involving Morgan and a group of other girls.
"Started pulling her hair, punching her, had girls holding her while other girls hit her," Jody Smith said. "Aids in the cafeteria, nobody stepped in to even try and stop this."
Morgan's parents reached out to Action News saying they believe the fight could have been avoided.
"They're just not doing enough. I think the school should have done something when we notified them that this was going to happen," said Joseph Smith. "They were given a days notice that this was going to happen."
The Union-Endicott school district said in a statement: "It is district policy not to comment on disciplinary matters involving students."
Morgan's parents say everyone involved in the fight was suspended, even their daughter.
The student code of conduct shows the U-E district follows the Olweus Bully Prevention Program.
Rule number four of the program, says if a student knows somebody is being bullied, tell an adult at school or an adult at home.
Students are also encouraged to fill out a "Harassment/Bullying Prevention Form" that can be found in several offices within each school in the Union-Endicott school district.