Bullying OK at Blue Eye High School

Bullying OK at Blue Eye High School

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Cheryl

Branson, MO

#1 Nov 7, 2012
part1

Branson, MO

#2 Nov 10, 2012
I have faxed these letters to the school, and am posting them for my friends to read, so if anyone has any advice they can tell me.
Oct 29, 2012
Blue Eye High School Superintendent, the town of Blue Eye, and whoever else this may concern,
I would like to know why it’s ok for Cassidy Wilson to threaten my pregnant daughter Sierra with "drop kicking her and giving her an abortion". My question is how is saying that and getting away with it ok? Since I heard this from my children and was never informed by the school at all, I went down there on Oct. 15th, and asked the principal Mr. Jay. He said downplayed everything, said it happened a few weeks before that, and thought it was over, and when I asked why she wasn't punished for speaking that threat over my child and grandchild, he said, "because she won’t actually do it. " So then I thought to myself... what if she said she’s going to cut the baby out of her stomach like the Manson family? Would that be ok to say too? He was very wrong, this has kept going on, and this has upset Sierra that in order to compete her education, now she lives in fear. This has fallen on deaf ears. Mr. Jay insisted to me that nothing is happening anymore, which is just not true. Sierra says Cassidy talks all the time about her and every single day runs by her in the hallway very close to her to terrorize her that she might knock her down. This verbal threat is not ok, and the physical intimidation is not ok.
part1

Branson, MO

#3 Nov 10, 2012
The safety of my child and grandchild is at risk here and all it takes is once. Mr. Jay said my middle daughter Aslan started things up by bringing Sierra’s ultrasound, putting it in Cassidy’s face and saying,“See! She is pregnant, dumbass!”…I said yes in REACTION to WHAT? Mr. Jay ignored that completely and just focused on my kids and what they were doing. They are defending an unborn child. Aslan did that in reaction to Cassidy continually saying,“I bet she isn’t even pregnant and I’m doing to hit her in the stomach and prove it!” Aslan says she is defending her sister because she can’t defend herself and she’s right. Aslan even confronted her and all of a sudden she "didn't mean it and didn't want to fight", then continues to talk to her friends and run near Sierra when Aslan's not ther. Aslan watches over her at lunch time, and one time even protected Sierra while she was in the bathroom because Cassidy was in here. This is ridiculous! It’s to the point where offense may be the best defense because if it does happen just one that's too many, and the threat is still there.
part1

Branson, MO

#4 Nov 10, 2012
Then Aslan told me that Mr. Jay called her in the office with Cassidy and tried to get them both to sign a paper saying if they touch each other they are expelled or something like that. First of all, why wasn't I ever notified of any of this. I am hearing all of this from my children. Second of all, even if Aslan is 18, she is living in my house and still in school so by law don't I have to be notified? It does affect our lives greatly. And why is Cassidy allowed to run by my daughter almost every day sometimes brushing her? Sierra says it's got to be on camera sometimes. If it was Mr. Jay’s child would this be ok? I told Mr. Jay that Sierra is considering home school for the safety of her child because he just doesn’t care. I thought the kids were wrong and he must care but for the first time ever this time he did give me that impression.
part1

Branson, MO

#5 Nov 10, 2012
When I told him she wants home school possibly he asked me if she just doesn’t want to be at school anymore? I wonder myself…is he embarrassed by Sierra that was once the point guard on the basketball team, and then a cheerleader is now pregnant and does he not want her to go to school anymore? Sierra is a very social child and loves school, and is still gets very good grades. For most of her life she is a straight A student, and recently only lowered her grades a bit because of morning sickness and low blood sugar. I am proud that she decided to keep her baby. And I wonder is it ok to threaten because he or other’s might believe it’s just a fetus til it’s born and not a baby. It’s a baby and it’s my grandchild. Cassidy should be gone because as long as she is there my daughter feels threatened, and her baby feels it too. This has affected her mental and emotional health, and increased her stress level to the point where it is affecting her physical health, which will affect her baby. This has also affected the rest of our family. She got so worried about being alone when her sister Aslan wasn't there to protect her, that I got off work early, and was willing to lose money to pick her up instead of letting her feel alone and scared. Every time I watch my children walk to the bus stop in the morning, I wonder if she is going to finally get knocked down when Cassidy runs by her again. I have 2 churches praying for the safety of my daughter and her child because the school does nothing to protect her from this terrorist threat. The running by her implies physical intimidation and this is abuse. Now Sierra is having panic attacks because of the stress this has caused, and it has affected her health. Yesterday she missed school because during her panic attack she was having what felt like period cramps, and I had to bring her to the emergency room. They said it was dehydration and stress. If her stress gets any higher it can cause her to go into labor prematurely. She told me do not say anything to anyone because they don't care anyways.
part1

Branson, MO

#6 Nov 10, 2012
Bullying that is allowed has even caused some teenagers to commit suicide. The only thing that has been done is Cassidy got part of a day of I.S.D. and called her mother to come get her early, and Sierra told me the rule book says she should have gotten I.S.D. the next 2 days for leaving early and didn't, and Sierra says she has been punished more than that for turning in a late assignment or being tardy. I am going to take more and more steps and go public with this until Cassidy is gone, so my daughter can feel safe going to school, in what should be a safe, learning environment. If you won’t do your job, I will. In your own Student Handbook you have a page called HAZING AND BULLYING and the policy promises that the district staff who violate this policy may be disciplined or terminated. So now I ask, why is Mr. Jay still there if he's not following the rule that also says students may be suspended or expelled? It also says Bullying is defined as intimidation or harassment of a student or multiple students perpetuated by physical actions, including violence, gestures, theft, or damaging property: oral or written taunts, including name-calling, put-downs, extortion, or threats: or threats of retaliation for reporting such acts.(the last one my daughter is afraid of because of faculty retaliation toward attitudes towards her or grades.) Of course common sense has to be used because all kids make statements in jest and don't really mean them. But for Mr. Jay to call this one of those is just plain wrong. This is a real threat. It was not done in jest. It was a real threat spoken with intent to intimidate and has caused stress to the point of health issues. If anyone is judging my daughter because she is pregnant, I am proud of her for keeping her child. A baby is NEVER a mistake. Her fiance has also changed his life completely for the better, and has stuck by her. Sierra says Cassidy stands right next to her and says loudly, "Hi Mr. Jay! I love you! Have a good weekend!", then smirks at her as if to imply she can do what she wants if she butters him up. So far this is true.
part1

Branson, MO

#7 Nov 10, 2012
Now it's Nov 7th and today Sierra isn't going to school. I asked her why and she said her lower back hurts so she walks slower to class, only has 3 minutes to go the bathroom because she has to urinate more, go to her locker to get her stuff because she can't carry much anymore, and then get to class. She says they said they can't show favoritism for pregnant girls for medical reasons or not, so they won't take into consideration that she's pregnant and will mark her tardy. This is upsetting her because she wants to go to school. She now feels bullied by the school and thinks they just don't want her there at all. I called the doctor and left a message explaining and said the school told me to ask him to prescribe something called "home bound".

Do not call me, only write to me, not only because I am too furious, disgusted and disappointed and upset to be able to speak to anyone anymore. You had your chance and now I am writing letters and going public and/or taking legal action, because you're all going to talk to each other and somehow make it my kid’s fault, so I want everything in writing.


Cheryl Steffen

PO Box 34

Lampe, MO 65681

Correction to above letter, Cassidy did not brush Sierra. What she said was if she ever does even brush her she will get so upset she won't be able to hold herself back anymore, because after that the next step would be being knocked down.
part2

Branson, MO

#8 Nov 10, 2012
Friday 11/9/12


Today I drove my daughter Sierra Steffen to school and during our drive to school this morning, she tells me how yesterday Cassidy Wilson bullied her again, by making sure Sierra heard it while talking extra loudly to her friends that “If I was pregnant at 16 my life would suck!”


Sierra said she’s getting slower and slower getting to classes and is hurting herself to get there on time to avoid tardies, came home crying she was so upset about all this 3 days ago, and she doesn’t think it’s fair she would get punished for that when it’s a medical reason she’s tardy but Cassidy doesn’t get punished at all for her non-stop bullying. She refuses to be punished for being late when it’s more punishment than the bully has ever been given and she has a very good point. I asked her has she actually gotten any tardies yet. She said no but she will because she’s getting slower and slower and just can’t continue to hurt herself to get there on time, and says she won’t be given any special treatment because she is pregnant either.

She said this all has stressed her out to the point where today is her last day. She is 16 and pregnant and already stressed out enough, but this is affecting her health now and the health of her child it’s just too much. She got so stressed out she had went into contractions and strong pains and I had to take her to the emergency room last week. I don’t know if it’s from added stress or not, but I do know that she can NOT have any added stress, and allowing constant bullying is just plain adding unnecessary stress.
part2

Branson, MO

#9 Nov 10, 2012
As she got out of the car I took a picture of her walking into school for what might be the last time. My youngest daughter is a very social child and wanted to continue going to Blue Eye High School, but the school’s lack of defending her has got her to the point where she has lost motivation entirely, and I don’t think anything will change her mind now, because it’s too little too late. She is convinced Blue Eye School doesn’t care about her feelings, and maybe even doesn’t want her there just because she is pregnant.

I have been trying to prevent her dropping out of school entirely, and I know since she has always been a very social child, that if she is home schooled she will be prone to depression. Now she is beyond changing her mind and she is right because this has already affected her health. I am going to tell the Doctor all of this, and if he refuses to prescribe Homebound, I will pull her out and home school her so she can get a GED or something, but she doesn’t want a GED, she wants a High School Diploma.

So after she walked into the school this morning when I dropped her off, I took that picture of her for what might be the last time she walks into that school. As I drove away I cried. Then I cried harder, and I kept getting angrier and angrier that nobody has done anything to protect the girl that is a straight A student most of her life, was the point guard on the basketball them, was a cheerleader, and even hopes to bring her child there to see her cheer later on if she can get back into physical shape. But if nobody even tries to defend her, I don’t know if she’ll want to come back. We are looking into online schools so she can actually get a High School Diploma, but this is a sad day because she shouldn’t have to.

Do not call me, only write, because I am disgusted. I would also like everything in writing to my mailbox from now on.

Cheryl Steffen


PO Box 34,


Lampe, MO 65681

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part2

Branson, MO

#10 Nov 10, 2012
11/9/12


Sierra came home from school today saying all of a sudden now that she has said goodbye to her friends and teachers, now the principal and superintendent and the cop are in the hallways to "crack down on bullying" but it's a joke because she still can't be there with Cassidy walking the hallways, and potentially hurting her in the bathroom where nobody's at. Cassidy is still there and never even got punished, so they've missed the point entirely. It's a bad job of acting. If Cassidy's still there Sierra can't go back.


Sierra's fiance Thomas bought her a laptop and is going to help her finish school online.


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