Another Texas teen has died in a bullying-related suicide.
And, another Texas school district has disclaimed any knowledge of having a bullying problem.
Corpus Christi police are investigating the suicide of 16-year-old Ted Molina, after family and friends claim years of being bullied led to his death. Ted's family, friends and Flour Bluff students say the teenager, whose mother is Asian, has complained for years that a group of boys repeatedly harassed him at school, taunting him, using racial epithets and threatening to fight him.
Flour Bluff ISD spokeswoman Lynn Kaylor said Tuesday that the district has investigated all allegations that Ted may have been bullied. She didn't cite how many allegations of bullying that included.
District officials couldn't immediately provide the number of reported bullying incidents this school year.
"If it's reported, we deal with it," she said. "We take extreme measures. We don't let it go on if it's reported."
Read the full text of this story from the Corpus Christi Caller.
However, in a report by KRIS-TV, Flour Bluff mother Rita McKenzie strongly disagreed with the claims made by Flour Bluff ISD that the district does not have a bullying problem.
McKenzie called 6 News after hearing Lynn Kaylor, the public information officer for the district, say that bullying is not a problem.
Rita McKenzie said she could not believe what she heard. "This is a problem that they have. They know about this problem. They ignore it and do nothing to try to fix it," said McKenzie, the parent of a bullied child.
McKenzie had two children in Flour Bluff Junior High and both were being bullied. So, she had to move them to Houston to live with their dad.
Watch McKenzie's interview with KRIS-TV and read the full story from KRIS-TV here.
Texas schools districts cannot continue to ignore bullying and harassment on their campuses. The Anti-Bullying legislation Equality Texas worked to pass in the last legislative session [HB 1942 by Rep. Diane Patrick] becomes effective this coming September. It requires school districts to have policies and procedures in place to ensure that reports of bullying and harassment are documented, investigated, and resolved.
These incidents of bullying and harassment cannot be swept under the rug. They cannot be ignored. The lives of Texas school children are at stake.