Are Minnesota schools doing enough to combat bullying?

Bullying has been an ongoing issue for kids of all ages, but are Minnesota schools doing enough?

The response to the story of a Prior Lake father who called out his daughter's bullies on YouTube has been overwhelming with calls, emails, tweets, Facebook posts all about students across the Twin Cities and beyond who are facing somewhat similar situations.

In Brooklyn Center there was a workshop on Thursday night where parents and teachers tackled some of issues bullying presents head-on.

Meanwhile, in Apple Valley, another family is simply fed up.

Gabrielle Guevara said daily harassment from another girl at her school started in October -- all between seventh-graders. Just 12 years old, the vicious commentary still flies.

"She was saying that I was a slut and that I would pay guys for money and stuff to like show my body," Gabrielle said.

Her mom said other students have been bullied as well, and today, Jeannie Vargas filed her third formal grievance against the Principal of Scott Highlands Middle School in Apple Valley, criticizing him for ignoring the schools own anti-bullying policy and state law.

"I don't think it's enough, because the policy is there, but there's no follow through," Vargas said. "Any incidents that are going on in the school environment --- we send our kids to school to be safe and that's not what's happening."

Frustrated, Vargas plans to move her daughter to a different school.

"I don't feel like I have the support of the principal, regardless of if I have a grievance against him. He should still at least take care of the grievance professionally," she said. "I just feel that anything that happens with my daughter nothing will happen, so I don't feel comfortable having her there at that school."


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