WOODLAND (CBS13) — Bullying was front and center in Woodland on Thursday. After months of pressure from fed-up parents, the school board officially addressed the issue.

The outcry follows at least two recent cases of severe bullying that gained public attention. One was so serious, a student was assigned a campus escort. Parents say bullying problems are not being made a priority, while the district admits it can do better.

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“The kids had drug him—two kids—and stuck pebbles and grass in his mouth,” said grandmother Candi Martinez.

The stories of bullying continue to surface within the Woodland Joint Unified School District. Martinez says she’s terrified to send her 12-year-old young grandson to school.

“We seem to have a systematic failure,” said Martinez.

Many school board members agreed they’re getting more bullying reports than ever. Last month, a high school freshman tried to take her own life, and when she returned to school, her mom says she was assigned an escort to get around campus.

“That child has a bodyguard paid for by our school district. Our district is losing money. It shouldn’t even come to that,” she said.

The district couldn’t confirm the bodyguard claims but said the practice has never been used before.

“We have not had escorts for students as a result of bullying,” said Woodland Unified Executive Director of Pupil Services Geovanni Linares.

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Board members weighed long-term solution and changes, including stricter punishments for bullies, mandatory tracking of incidents and better communication with parents.

“How many times have our children been bullied and our parents don’t know and they don’t know to intervene?” asked Martinez.

“That’s an area of growth for us, definitely,” said Linares.

Linares said the district also plans to make uniform policies to deal with bullying at all schools and follow up with parents about incidents.

Martinez says things have to change, and now.

“We’ve got a real problem and we need to address it. we can’t afford to let it go.”

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Comments (10)
  1. Pat Geiger says:

    “We seem to have a systematic failure.”
    I find it hilarious how academic administrators talk, words like systemic exudes a better then you mentality.
    In the end, nothing changes, and they continue to recieve a paycheck, no matter who gets beat on their watch.

  2. The solution is cameras in the classrooms and hallways; any incidents of bullying, expel the bully and jail the parents for child abuse.

  3. If you don’t want bullying, put the bullies in their own campus. Refuse them bus service. We are too afraid to punish anyone anymore.

  4. The schools are nothing but a microcosm of the community. The “systemic failure” is the people.

  5. kikbutt123 says:

    I was bullied in 5th grade, right in front of the teacher, by a whole gang of kids. It didn’t stop until one day, fed up, I got in a fight in class, in the rows between seats. Kicked the other kids ass. We both wound up at the principal who looked at me, then at him, and sent me back to class without a word. Didn’t even call my parents. After that, guess who left me alone?

    I blame the teacher more than the kids because he didn’t get on it while it happened and he should have.

  6. Tim Gerrells says:

    Bullying has been a huge problem in the artificial dysfunctional sub-society called “public schools” for two generations, and continues to increase as a problem. School officials obstinately refused to fix the problem. Wonder why several million are home-schooled? Add in racial over-sensitivities (can’t kick out that gang-banger, now can we?) and one has a recipe for disaster. How many public school “mass shootings” stem from bullying & harassment as a student? Oh, most of ’em. And the statement in the article above that parents don’t know their children are being bullied: really? What sort of parents are they? (Hint: perhaps not very good ones.)

  7. can’t believe no teacher ever saw bullying going on, when it is this bad, kids are trying to kill themselves, and yet they claims innocence

  8. Public education won’t work without corporal punishment.

    An extended session with a wooden paddle would take the aggression out of the bullies.

  9. all these bully kids want to be treated as adults, well how about we treat them like adults and arrest them for assault…its all over the news kids are adults nowadays so i say give em a taste of adulthood… if i shove rocks and grass in another persons mouth i go straight to jail no ?s asked

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