Bixby parents say they feel their only option is to move after years of bullying claims at BPS

Posted at 9:31 PM, Apr 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-13 22:55:34-04

BIXBY, Okla. - Two mothers say they're ready to pull their kids from Bixby Public Schools after they say they've filed violent bullying claims for years without a response. 

2 Works for you sat down with them anonymously. 

“I try to get away. You can’t. They’ll pretty much still find you wherever you are in the school," one girl said. 

She and her friend tell 2 Works for You going to school everyday includes looking over their shoulders. 

“She like picks at us, she’s like biting at us and it’s just, I don’t like it," the other said.

Their mothers say the girls pull their hair, push them, call them inappropriate names and those are only the accusations they're aware of.

They say they've been filing complaints since it started years ago. 

“They are still allowing the same child to continue her same behaviors over and over and nothing was done."

They said the district hasn't acted so they will. 

“We have put a For Sale sign out today, we are going to move because of this group of girls."

One of the mothers filed a police report after she says a neighbor ran to her house in a panic after finding one of the girls hitting and kicking her daughter. 

“When she’s at school I’m not there to protect her, and that’s the school’s job is to protect her and keep her safe."

Bixby Public Schools said it has a zero tolerance for what it calls the "B Word."

“It’s not about what we think, it’s not about what we hear, it’s not about how many times. Anytime it's heard we’re going to investigate it," said Associate Superintendent Bryan Frazier. 

He said all claims are followed by investigations, and they all go through his office. 

However, he understands how certain procedures would allow parents to feel under-informed. 

“One of the things that’s not done is that we don’t contact the parents and say this is the discipline that was done or put in place for someone else’s child," he said. 

He also emphasized that repeat offenders receive harsher discipline each time, but they can't expel any child. 

The moms said they don't think there was an investigation because of something a staff member told them. 

“I was told by the school that she is not a victim and they won’t treat her like a victim."

The girls say they're ready for new beginnings at their new schools after years of pain and fear.

“It’s going to be a new fresh start and there won’t be mean girls."

But before they go, they have a message for those bullies.

“Hurting people doesn’t make you feel better. It shouldn’t anyway."

Because 2 Works for You couldn't be specific with the district about who the girls are to protect their anonymity, they say they hope the parents will speak with them about the claims so they can keep them in school. 

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