Parents bring bullying concerns to Fairfield school leaders

Published: Oct. 16, 2015 at 3:15 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 16, 2015 at 9:00 AM EDT
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FAIRFIELD, OH (FOX19) - Parents in Fairfield say they're sick and tired of rising bullying they say is going on in schools in the Fairfield City School District. 
More than 100 people packed the high school for the school board meeting Thursday night.

"The schools are worried about everything but what they really should be worrying about - which is the kids," said concerned parent Jeffrey Black. 
One by one, parents took to the podium pleading with school leaders to do more.

"How many more kids are going to be pulled out of the school?  How many more kids are going to be bullied?  How many more kids are going to take their own lives because nothing is happening," said one woman speaking to the board members. 
Recently, a young Fairfield student committed suicide over alleged school bullying.  On Thursday though, a majority of the crowd 
was Asian-Americans rallying with concerns over the latest alleged bullying of an Asian-American student.

"Schools should be a safe place for students to be and to study, rather than be worried about being bullied or injured," said Kaz Sato with the Cincinnati Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League.

That Asian-American student is the 13-year old eighth grade daughter of Raymond and Sharon Schmitz.

"We've been here before, and we're here again.  Now our daughter's sitting at home with a concussion," said Raymond Schmitz, the girl's father.

They say she was bullied during gym class a few days ago.

"We have to send our children to school.  It's the law.  But yet, we don't want to send our children because we fear for their safety," said her mother, Sharon Schmitz

The family says very little has been done to remedy their daughter's situation.  They hope that school administrators heard their message loud and clear on Thursday.

"We need a solution, and that's why we're here and that's why we had this great turnout of people.  We want to have our daughter feel safe going to school, and we want all the children to feel safe going to school," Sharon Schmitz said.

As for the school and board response to the parents, a school spokesperson told FOX19 NOW,

"The concerns of all who signed up to speak are being heard by the school, superintendent and administration.  The comments portion of the meeting is for the board to hear these concerns. We will not be commenting on anything said tonight, but certainly take their concerns very seriously."

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