Posted on April 2, 2010 at 10:36 PM
Friday, Apr 2 at 11:16 PM
HOUSTON—One week after an elementary student jumped from the second floor of his school, a school nurse spoke out over what she called a “culture of bullying."
“Kids are always picking on kids,” said Jacqueline Spencer, who works at Blackshear Elementary School. “Bullying is just something that has always gone on here.”
Officials confirmed the incident involving an 8-year-old boy last week. The student jumped from a second floor balcony after a group of his classmates pulled down his pants. The boy’s mother said she complained to school staff about the ongoing bullying, but nothing was ever done about it.
Hedges broke the boy’s fall. The school nurse said another staff member instructed the boy to sign a “no suicide” contract. And she warned that the problem with bullies stemmed from the top.
“I’ve seen school secretaries terrified for their jobs,” added Spencer. “You have to straighten up the top before you can get the bottom.”
The Houston Independent School District was closed on Friday and officials could not be reached for comment.
Spencer remains convinced that unless serious changes are made, more kids will become victims of bullies. “It really tears your heart up because I was bullied in school.”