A mother is furious after she said her daughter has been receiving racist and threatening messages from a group of girls at her school.
She said the bullying escalated Monday at Mason Middle School when the girls allegedly confronted the 7th grader during recess.
The past few days, Kyra Fischer said that her cell phone has been blowing up with nasty messages from a group of about seven girls. Some of the messages said things like "hijack a bus and run her over multiple times."
"Then Friday they sent me videos of them all saying square up, basically meaning to fight," said Kyra.
Due to the profanity FOX19 NOW is not showing the messages, but some allude to her being raped and include racial slurs. Kyra said the messages were being shared on SnapChat in a private group called 'Group Fight With Kyra' on Monday.
Kyra's mother, Leanne Fischer, said the girls confronted her daughter on Monday after lunch.
"It escalated into a screaming match and everyone was around them. Some choice words were said one being the n-word," said Leanne.
She said the most upsetting part is that she wasn't notified right away about the incident.
"The school did not call me until after school hours, which I found very disturbing why didn't I get a call as soon as it happened," said Leanne.
On Tuesday, she brought a copy of the messages to the school principal that her daughter has been receiving.
"At that point nothing was going to be done until I showed her those screen shots this morning. These kids were not going being suspended. These kids were just talked to," said Leanne.
Kyra believes the problems started over a boy, but the hurtful words brought back painful memories of bullying she's experienced before.
"It kind of just took me back to the 4th grade. She was bullied very much over her color. Just because of my race or how I was because people didn't take the time to know me," she said.
Leanne said bullying is a problem that needs to be stopped. She is asking for more parents to get involved.
"Talk to your kids. Check their phones. I check my daughter's phone every day there ain't nothing she can do that don't get past me," she said.
The spokesperson for the school said that they notified parents as soon as they knew there was a problem and that they take bullying very seriously.
This is the statement the Public Information Officer Tracey Carson released regarding the incident:
"Student safety is our highest priority and we take it very seriously. On Monday, a Mason Middle School Assistant Principal saw what she described as "tension" at recess. She brought in both groups of girls, and investigated using the district's threat assessment protocols. During the investigation, she heard about disturbing Snapchat messages that allegedly had been sent over the weekend. She called all the parents involved, and asked them to talk with their children about the situation, and asked anyone who might have had copies of the messages to bring those to school. One of the parents did that today. After reviewing the messages, the students involved received disciplinary consequences."
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