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Families Dealing With Severe Bullying, Threats

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ALVARADO (CBS 11 NEWS) – Around the kitchen table inside Karin Spraberry West’s home in Alvarado a group of mom’s are in deep discussion.

With just days before Thanksgiving they aren’t swapping holiday recipes, instead they are tackling the very real issue of bullying within the Alvarado ISD.

“All they had to do was discipline the boys that beat up my son,” says West “The only defense I think we have is parents standing together.”

Trisha McNatt says her 8 year old was threatened on the school bus just last week. She says an older boy threatened to slit his throat.

“You can’t give them a firm talking when they are threatening to kill your kid,” says McNatt as she cries “I don’t want to say it was just words he’s not really going to do anything because that’s when my son is going to be in a gutter somewhere.”

McNatt turned to West whose son Jacob Cramer was bullied too. He’s a special needs student and he told his mom that other students cornered him in the locker room and beat him up. He’s been so scared since she says he won’t even leave the house.

“He came home and he had a busted lip and bruises,” says West “This has turned into justice for Jacob is justice for all.  It’s not about Jacob anymore.”

Both mothers have filed reports with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and Alvarado ISD is investigating too.

Tommy Brown with Alvarado ISD said in a statement, “The top priority of Alvarado ISD is to make sure our students are safe and feel protected while at school.  Administrators and staff in Alvarado are parents first and educators second. We are extremely sympathetic to bullying and to accusations of bullying. Every case of bullying is treated as if it were our own children being bullied and are investigated to the fullest extent possible. We encourage parents to become involved in trying to prevent bullying. If there is a group or groups that would like to help us in our stance against bullying we would invite them to have a constructive, two-way conversation with our administrators and staff. If we can stand, arm-in-arm with our parents to show bullies they are not tolerated, our schools and community will be stronger for it.”

For West and McNatt getting together around the kitchen table is helping them find a unified voice and the only recipe they want this Thanksgiving is change.

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