HOUSTON Cy-Fair ISD officials canceled all after-school activities Tuesday ahead of a demonstration against school bullying.
The protest took place outside of Hamilton Middle School. It was organized in the wake of the death of 13-year-old Asher Brown, a Hamilton student who took his own life allegedly because he was bullied by classmates.
Brown s family said he was tormented for being gay and Buddhist.
District officials said they canceled activities because they didn t know how many protesters to expect. In the end, a few dozen showed up.
We really see it as being more of a national problem than a Texas problem, one protester said.
Many local school districts, including Cy-Fair, consider repeated bullying a Level Three offense, on a one to five scale.
In HISD, bullies can be suspended for up to three days.
Administrators encourage parents to be the first line of defense against bullies.
Questions I would like to hear parents ask on a daily basis are, Who are some of your friends? Why do you like them? Is there anyone at school that you really don t like, and why? HISD s Peter Messiah said.
In Brown s case, Cy-Fair ISD said his family never reported any abuse at school a claim Brown s parents strongly deny.
The Harris County District Attorney s Office is investigating.
Cy-Fair ISD officials said they re finishing up an internal investigation and hope to release those findings soon.